Access Management
Query Plans

Query Plans

Query plans are data structures that describe the series of steps necessary to perform a database operation. These steps include data retrieval, computation, and organization tasks.

Query plans represent the rules and permissions set for different roles in accessing certain data entities (like users, posts, comments, etc.) within a database system. They outline which operations (read, write, update, delete) each role can perform on each entity.

Let's see an example of the query plans:


This query plans tells us about the access and permissions of the moderator role for the read operation on the comment entity.

The queryPlan field provides the actual query plan, detailing the relationships between different entities and how they link to the user. It specifies how the query should be executed and which computations need to be performed. This includes determining how to access the data, which conditions to use for filtering, how to join tables, etc.

In the query plans JSON example above we can see the the series of steps for retrieving the data:

  • Start from the comment entity (table) where the access is requested.

  • For the particular comment, find the related video entity. This relationship is described as many-to-one meaning many comments can relate to one video. This step is essentially a JOIN operation in SQL terms. It will JOIN the comment and video entities on the video_id field from comment and id field from video.

  • Then for that particular video, find the related organization. Again, this is a many-to-one relationship, thus another JOIN operation. This time, it's between video and organization entities based on organization_id from video and id from organization.

  • Finally, for that organization, find the associated user. Again, this is a many-to-one relationship, so yet another JOIN operation is performed between organization and user entities based on user_id from organization and id from user.

So the computation part involves JOIN operations to link multiple entities based on the relationships defined in the query plan. The plan is also restricting access based on the userId field, allowing only the records related to the specific user ID to be accessed.

If you are developing an application locally, you can view the SQL queries that are generated based on the user's query plan. These queries can be found in the terminal output.

query plan SQL

To run a local development for the generated application, please refer to this docoumentation.

Get The Query Plans

In this tutorial section, you'll learn how to obtain query plans and apply them in your application.


Query plans are cached locally. Please refer to the cache the query plans tutorial on how to do that.