Graph Hackathon at C-BASE Raumstation

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C-BASE Raumstation

At the center of Berlin in a back alley, through a space station entrance lies the premises of raumstation C-BASE. Among the relics of the mytholical space station Neo4j hosted a hackathon about graphs and their easy-to-use product Neo4J. A product which probably, with the right data, is able to map the fastest route to the origin of the C-BASE raumstation - somewhere in the universe.

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After all the talks at BerlinBuzzwords we attended something called a "hackathon". An all day event with hands-on learning about graphs. It was Graph Master Micahel Hunger and few other people from Neo4J that held the event.

The agenda was to learn a bit of graphs, then modelling and querying them using Neo4J.

As everything is connected one way or another in the universe - most things can also be modelled in a graph. So why not try putting your domain into a graph database as it in many cases will be much easier to query and way faster to find relations with. Read more in Michael Hunger article: Why Choose a Graph Database

You actually don't need a teacher to quickly get into using Neo4J, cause the UI has a very easy to use tutorial which is built into the UI. So you can just download, run it and start teaching your self right away.

As a teaser before you download you can try out and study the online GraphGist examples.

Neo4J names the elements of a graph with Node and Relationship, which also fits very well to how we name our basic structures in the new 5.0 version of our product. In Enonic 5.0 every content is at the bottom something we call a Node which you can establish relationships between.

As you'll see, querying your data as a graph could be very useful. I'm really looking forward to how we will better the graph query abilities of our new 5.0 version of Enonic CMS.

Neo4j download: http://www.neo4j.org/download

GraphGist examples: https://github.com/neo4j-contrib/graphgist/wiki

Neo4j Cypher Refcard 2.0: http://docs.neo4j.org/refcard/2.0/

C-BASE Raumstation: http://www.c-base.org/

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