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Getting Started with Neo4j - A Workshop with a Graph Database

From: user 9.
Sent on: Monday, March 12, 2012 10:43 AM

Happy Monday JavaScripters!

I recently learned about an awesome workshop happening over at Vermonster (down-town Boston). It is definitely worth checking out. I don't think they have many spots left, so you will have to move fast.

Click here to find out more:

Have a great week,



Getting Started with Neo4j A Workshop with a Graph Database

Arnold Worldwide is hosting and Vermonster is running this workshop.


Neo4j doesn't quite have the recognition of other data stores in the ever trendy and explosive NoSQL scene. Key-value, document, and distributed data stores with names such as Mongo, Redis, CouchDB and Riak are some of the more recognizable. However, Neo4j has emerged as the leading technology in the arena of graph databases, complete with a REST interface.

Graph databases are built to solve the relevant problems of large semantically-related data found in many modern web applications and new internet startups.  Social networks are an obvious application; Facebook has been exposing it's graph network via opengraph API. But graph DBs can be used in all sorts of novel and interesting ways. Martin Fowler describes a landscape of NoSQL in a recent slide deck "Polyglot Persistence", where Neo4j is called out directly as a tool to build related items in a shopping experience.



This workshop aims to be fairly modest and accessible to developers of all experience levels. Everyone should bring a laptop with OSX (with XCode) or Linux (if you have Windows, maybe setup VirtualBox and install the Ubuntu). You should be somewhat comfortable with the command line. There isn't a programming language requirement, but we might show soming examples with Ruby and Javascript (Node.js).

We will start the workshop with an overview then everyone will install Neo4j and do a few simple exercises. Then everyone will all pair up and work on a challenge. At the end there will be a group review and retrospective.

Note: there will be free beer and food.

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