By Aileen Agricola | March 5, 2013
Everything You Need to Know About Graph Databases; Early Access Now Available OnlineNeo Technology, creators of Neo4j, the world’s leading graph database, today announced the release of “Graph Databases,” the authoritative book on graph databases. Written by Ian Robinson, Jim Webber and Emil Eifrem, the book is a practical guide to graph database technology with rich detail drawn from real-world experience of implementing the technology. An early access edition is now available for free download at graphdatabases.com. “This book was written with the goal of providing everyone with the basic understanding of graph databases,” said Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology. “The book gives unprecedented access to the power and flexibility of the graph and provides best practices for implementing graph database technology. Enjoy ‘Graph Databases’ and welcome to the wonderful world of graph databases!” Graph databases are particularly well suited to address one of the great contemporary business trends: leveraging complex and dynamic relationships to generate insight and competitive advantage. Whether we want to understand relationships between customers, elements in a telephone or data center network, entertainment, or genes and proteins, the ability to understand and analyze vast graphs of highly connected data will be a key factor in determining which companies outperform in the coming decade. According to Mitch Pronschinske of DZone, “The reason why graph databases are so successful and growing in popularity right now is because many businesses are evolving beyond atomic intelligence, and making huge competitive gains by leveraging connected intelligence. Graph databases are the best way to do this.”(1) Graph databases are already proven to solve some of the most relevant data management challenges of today, including important problems in the areas of social networking, master data management, geospatial, recommendations engines, and more. As information processing continues to evolve, the next frontier arguably lies in the ability to capture, analyze, and understand relationships. The book will leave readers with a practical understanding of graph databases and will show how data is “shaped” by the graph model, and how it is queried, reasoned about, understood and acted upon. The book discusses the kinds of problems that are well aligned with graph databases, with examples drawn from practical, real-world use cases. The book also describes the surrounding ecosystem of complementary technologies, highlighting what differentiates graph databases from other database technologies, both relational and NOSQL. Book Authors to Speak at QCon London Authors Ian Robinson and Jim Webber will speak at this year’s QCon London show, held from March 4 – 8, offering a full day Neo4j tutorial on March 4th. A moderated NoSQL panel will be hosted by Robinson on Wednesday, March 6th at 10:20 a.m. GMT. Additionally, Webber will deliver a presentation titled “A little graph theory for the busy developer” on Friday, March 8th at 1:20 p.m. GMT. Neo Technology is a Silver sponsor of the event. For more information and to register, please visit: http://qconlondon.com/london-2013 About the authors Ian Robinson is the Director of Customer Success for Neo Technology, the company behind Neo4j, the world’s leading open source graph database. He is a co-author of ‘REST in Practice’ (O’Reilly) and a contributor to the forthcoming books ‘REST: From Research to Practice’ (Springer) and ‘Service Design Patterns’ (Addison-Wesley). He presents at conferences worldwide on the big Web graph of REST, and the awesome capabilities of Neo4j. Jim Webber is Chief Scientist at Neo Technology working on next-generation solutions for massively scaling graph databases. Prior to joining Neo Technology, Jim was Professional Services Director with Thoughtworks where he worked on large-scale computing systems in finance and telecoms. Jim has a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the Newcastle University, UK. Emil Eifrem is the founder of the Neo4j open source graph database project, which is the most widely deployed graph database in the world. As a life-long compulsive programmer who started his first free software project in 1994, Emil has with horror witnessed his recent degradation into a VC-backed powerpoint engineer. As the CEO of Neo4j’s commercial sponsor Neo Technology Emil is now mainly focused on spreading the word about the powers of graphs and preaching the demise of tabular solutions everywhere. Emil presents regularly at conferences such as JAOO, JavaOne, QCon, and OSCON.