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Visualizing the Hacker News API with HCL and SQL

July 27, 2022

In the last episode we looked at a Steampipe dashboard that joins search results across diverse APIs. That metasearch dashboard is defined entirely in code that blends two languages: SQL to query the APIs, and HCL (HashiCorp Configuration Language) to flow results into a dashboard table.

This dashboards-as-code approach leans into the infrastructure-as-code philosophy. We believe that dashboards are another kind of infrastructure that should be defined in software, managed in version-controlled repositories, and deployed from repos.

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