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We’re excited to ship another version of Bison that not only improves the web apps we build for our clients, but also the developer experience of working on Bison apps and contributing to the Bison template itself.
The previous version of Bison used the nexus prisma plugin developed by Nexus which allowed us to easily project fields from our prisma schema into the GraphQL API. However, that plugin will be deprecated in favor of one being currently developed by the Prisma team.
The new plugin will use generation to create the GraphQL API similar to how the Prisma Client is generated. The plugin is currently in early preview and we will look to introduce this into Bison when it’s production-ready.
In preparation for this, we’ve taken the steps to remove the nexus prisma plugin and just use plain Nexus. We’ve added documentation showing examples of how to define just about every type of field and relationship!
Bison relies heavily on code generation for the GraphQL API on both the front-end and back-end. To improve developer experience, we have removed all generated files from the repository and added them to the .gitignore so they do not cause unnecessary merge conflicts.
These changes do not affect the development process. When running the development server, yarn dev, all generated files will be created and re-generated on file changes. You can also run yarn build:types to generate these files at any time.
After attending Next.js conf, our team was very excited about all the new features that were announced and the impact they would have for our developers and clients. Across the board, there are noticeable performance improvements that we are happy to bring into Bison. See their release blog post for more details.
With Node 16 set to be the active LTS version starting October 26th, we’ve officially updated the CI and dev environment configuration to use version 16. See their release blog post for all the new features and changes.
We have a lot of improvements planned for Bison so we’ve made it much easier to contribute changes to the Bison template. Check out the new contributing guide for more information on how you can help out. Whether it’s reporting bugs, creating pull requests, or participating in discussions, all contributions are welcome!
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