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@dabit3 Nader, just curious if this is expected behavior with the AWS GraphQL endpoint.

listTalks(filter: {name: {contains: “Getter”}}, limit: 1)

I get zero results, but nextToken is populated. When I query that, I get my result(s).

Seems like the expected behavior should be to filter, then run limit. It’s running limit on the records, then filtering.


So I think the issue here is that, by default, this query will perform a scan operation and then a filter on the scanned items. By default, I think the number that it returns is 10, so if your item is not contained in the first 10 items it will return zero and a next token.

You could instead update the operation to be a query vs a scan (by using the @key directive), or you could increase the limit.

This is more of a quirk / implementation detail of DynamoDB than anything else.

The scan operation will scan every item in a db (or the first n items if we set a limit, in our case 1) and then perform a filter on those results. By contrast, a query will only query on a set key, so in general for larger data sets a query is the way to go.



Yeah, it seems like a DynamoDB quirk. I only had about 4 records and limit: 1 to test filtering.

I never jumped on the NoSQL bandwagon. Give me SQL anyday. I find most data, for 99% of applications out there, is relational. Not to mention most won't run up against scaling issues with just using Postgres.

Have you thought about doing this same Amplify GraphQL example with Amazon Aurora Serverless? I think it'd be great to compare them side-by-side.

One of my favorite videos that shows what NoSQL can do is this one: youtube.com/watch?v=HaEPXoXVf2k , it also goes into theory around by NoSQL has become so popular. We're definitely working on more support as well for relational databases, you'll see more from us later this year.

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