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SeaQL Community Survey 2023 Results

· 10 min read
Billy Chan

524 members of the SeaQL community from 41 countries kindly contributed their thoughts on using SeaQL libraries, learning Rust and employing Rust in their day to day development lives. From these responses we hope to get an understanding of where the SeaQL and Rust community stands in 2023.

This is our first community survey, we will conduct the survey annually to keep track of how the community evolves over time.


Q. Where are you located in?​

Participants are from 41 countries across the world!

Other: ArgentinaAustraliaAustriaBelarusBelgiumCyprusCzechiaDenmarkHungaryIranIrelandItalyJapanKazakstanKoreaMongoliaNigeriaNorwayPeruPolandSlovakiaSouth AfricaSpainSwedenTaiwan ThailandTurkeyUkraine

Use of SeaQL Libraries​

Q. Are you using SeaQL libraries in building a project?​

Q. Which SeaQL libraries are you using in building a project?​

Other: SeaographySeaStreamer

Q. Are you using SeaQL libraries in a personal, academic or professional context?​

Q. Why did you choose SeaQL libraries?​

Other: Async support, future proof and good documentationGood Query PerformanceIt was recommended on websites and YouTubeDoes not use SQL for migrationsBeginner-friendly and easy to get startedEasy to translate from Eloquent ORM knowledgeCan drop in to SeaQuery if necessaryI started with SQLx, then tried SeaQueryI found good examples on YouTube

Q. What qualities of SeaQL libraries do you think are important?​

Other: Simple SyntaxBeing able to easily express what you would otherwise be able to write in pure SQLMigration and entity generationClarify of the implementation and usage patternsEfficient query building especially with relations and joinsErgonomic API

Team & Project Nature​

Q. How many team members (including you) are working on the project?​

Q. Can you categorize the nature of the project?​

Other: ForecastingFinancial tradingEnterprise Resource Planning (ERP)FintechCloud infrstructure automationBackend for desktop, mobile and web application

Tech Stack​

Q. What is your development environment?​

Linux Breakdown​

Windows Breakdown​

macOS Breakdown​

Q. Which database(s) do you use?​

Q. Which web framework are you using?​

Q. What is the deployment environment?​

Rust at Work​

Q. Are you using Rust at work?​

Q. Which industry your company is in?​

Vague description of the company​

A banking companyA business to business lending platformA cloud StorageA consulting companyA cybersecurity management platformAn IT solution companyAn E-Commerce clothing storeA children entertainmets companyA factory construction management platformA fintech startupA geology technology companyA publicly traded health-tech companyA private restaurant chainAn industrial IoT for heating and water distributionsAn internet providerA nonprofit tech research organizationA payment service providerA road intelligence companyA SaaS startupA server hosting providerA DevOps platform that helps our users scale their Kubernetes applicationAn Automotive company

Q. What is the size of your company?​

Q. How many engineers in your company are dedicated to writing Rust?​

Q. Which layer(s) of the technology stack are using Rust?​

Learning Rust​

Q. Are you learning / new to Rust?​

Q. Which language(s) are you most familiar with?​

Q. Are you familiar with SQL?​

Q. Do you find Rust easy or hard to learn?​

Q. What motivates you to learn Rust?​

Other: Ability to develop fast, secure and standalone API driven toolsEfficiency, safety, low resource usageGood design decisions from the startReliability and ease of developmentSchool makes me to learnRust is too coolThe ecosystem of libraries + general competence of lib authorsIt is the most loved languageThe guarantees Rust providesLearning something newType safety and speedWant to get away from NULLNo boilerplate, if you do not want itPerformance

Q. What learning resources do you rely on?​

Other: YouTubeOnline CoursesChatGPT

Q. What is your first project built using Rust?​

Other: ChatbotScraperRasterization of the mandelbrot setIoTLibrary

What's Next​

Q. Which aspects do you want to see advancement on SeaORM?​

Thank you for all the suggestions, we will certainly take them into account!

Other: Full MySQL coverageMS SQL Server supportStructured queries for complex joinsA stable releaseData seedingMigrations based on Entity diffsType safetySupport tables without primary keyTurso integrationFetching nested structuresViews

Q. What tools would you be interested in using, if developed first-party by SeaQL?​

Other: An API integration testing utilityAn oso-based authorization integrationA visual tool for managing migrationsDatabase layout editor (like

Share Your Thoughts​

Q. Anything else you want to say?​

Didn't expect this section to turn into a testimonial, thank you for all the kind words :)

Good job yall

Great projects, thanks for your hard work

I expect it to be an asynchronous type-safe library. Keep up the good work!

I'd like to see entity generation without a database

The website, support from JetBrains, the documentation and the release cycle are very nice!

I'm very interested in how SeaORM will continue evolving and I would like to wish you the best of luck!

I've found SeaORM very useful and I'm very grateful to the development team for creating and maintaining it!

In TypeORM I can write entities and then generate migration from them. It's very handy. It helps to increase development speed. It would be nice to have this functionality in SeaORM.

It needs to have better integration with SeaQuery, I sometimes need to get to it because not all features are available in SeaORM which makes it a pain.

Keep the good work!

Keep going! Love SeaORM!

Keep up the great work. Rust needs a fast, ergonomic and reliable ORM.

SeaORM is very powerful, but the rust docs and tutorial examples could be more fleshed out.

SeaORM is an awesome library. Most things are quite concise and therefore straightforward. Simply a few edge cases concerning DB specific types and values could be better.

The trait system is too complex and coding experience is not pretty well with that.

Automatic migration generation would make the library pretty much perfect in my opinion.

SeaQL tutorials could be better. Much more detailed explanation and definitely it has to have best practices section for Design Patterns like and good best practices related with clean architecture.

SeaQL are great products and it’s very enjoyable using them

Thank you <3

Thank you for awesome library!

Thank you for this wonderful project. I feel the documentation lacks examples for small functions and usage of some obscure features.

Thank you for your hard work!

Thank you for your work on SeaQL, your efforts are appreciated

Thank you for your work, we are seeking actively to include SeaORM in our projects

Thank you very much for your work!

Thanks a lot for the amazing work you guys put into this set of libraries. This is an amazing development for the rust ecosystem.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Thanks for a great tool!

Thanks for all the amazing work.

Thanks for making SeaORM!

The project I am doing for work is only a prototype, it's a new implementation of a current Python forecasting project which uses a pandas and a custom psycopg2 orm. My intent is to create a faster/dev friendly version with SeaORM and Polars. I am hoping to eventually get a prototype I can display to my team to get a go ahead to fully develop a new version, and to migrate 4-5 other forecasting apps using shared libraries for io and calculations.

I have also been using SeaORM for a small API client for financial data, which I may make open source.

I think one thing which could really improve SeaORM is some more advance examples in the documentation section. The docs are really detailed as far as rust documentation goes.

Very promising project, keep it up.

Thank you so much for taking it upon yourselves to selflessly give your free time. It probably doesn't matter much, but thank you so much for your work. SeaORM is a fantastic tool that I can see myself using for a long time to come. I hope to make contributions in any form when I am under better circumstances :3 Kudos to the team!

你们的库非常的棒,至少我觉得比Diesel好太多了,入门简单,对新手非常友好,这是最大的亮点,其次是库貌似可以实现很复杂的Join SQL逻辑而不用写原生的SQL,这点也是非常值得点赞的,但是在这块的文档貌似写的有点简略了,希望可以丰富一下文档内容,对于复杂查询的说明可以更加详细一些,这样就再好不过了。谢谢你们,我会持续关注你们,未来的项目如果涉及ORM,那绝对非你们莫属了!

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