SQL is already the best domain-specific language for querying relational databases. We don't need another. Ultimately, ORMs obscure the underlying queries and cause lots of headaches.
With Relate, you write your queries in the language nature intended, while interacting with the inputs and results in a high-level and performant way.
In production situations, every millisecond matters. And while Relate may not be the prettiest face in the crowd, it does the best at managing large queries and large results.
Pure JDBC is the hard bottom line for performance, but Relate gets pretty close to that. At Lucid, we make queries at scale, and we've been extremely pleased with Relate's performance.
If you'd like to run the benchmarks yourself, you can find them in the Relate repo!
All it takes is adding a dependency on Relate in your SBT configuration!
Relate has a lot of cool features, like pararmeter sequences and query composition. To get the most of it, and for a more complete overview of the project, continue on to the rest of the documentation or use the hamburger menu to select a specific topic.