Category Archives: Cypher

Neo4j is faster than MySQL in performing recursive query

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A user on StackOverflow was wondering about the performance between Neo4j and MySQL for performing a recursive query. They started with Neo4j performing the query in 240 seconds. Then an optimized cypher query got them down to 40 seconds. Then I got them down to…
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Writing a Cypher Stored Procedure

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I’ve been so busy these last 6 months I just finally got around to watching Luke Cage on Netflix. The season 1 episode 5 intro is Jidenna performing “Long live the Chief” and it made me pause the series while I figured out who that was. I’m mostly a hard rock and heavy metal guy, but I do appreciate great pieces of lyrical work and this song made me take notice. Coincidently on the Neo4j Users Slack (get an invite) @sleo asked…
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Property Level Security with Neo4j Enterprise

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In Neo4j 3.1 Enterprise edition, we introduced the first wave of security features that are coming down the pipeline. Now you can start off with Administrators, Architects, Publishers and Readers as built in default groups. You can read about their capabilities in the docs.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know Neo4j thrives under it’s dynamic customizability. The developers decided to let us build our own custom Roles and limit their capabilities to a set of Stored Procedures. With this, we can build any kind of access control we want, but let’s go for the jugular and let’s see how we can build property level security for Neo4j.
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Enabling Legacy Automatic Full Text Search on Neo4j 3.x

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Neo4j 3.x has made inroads toward Full Text Search capabilities using Cypher keywords “STARTS WITH”, “ENDS WITH” and “CONTAINS”. However this search capability is limited to a single Schema Index and can be a problem when you need a very flexible search interface. To search across multiple models you can do this trick:
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News Feeds

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The “News Feed” is a core feature of social networks like Twitter, Facebook, or Vine (RIP). Let’s take a look at how we could model and implement this in Neo4j. Our social network needs Users (otherwise it would be kinda empty) that FOLLOW each other (otherwise it would not be very social). Those users need to POST some Messages (otherwise it would be boring). Here is our first attempt at a model (using Arrows):
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Catalogs and Hierarchies

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When I was younger, friends and I would play a role playing game called “Shadowrun“. The game draws elements from science fiction, crime dramas, and magic and blends them all together to make a fun mess. You could be a Dwarf Shaman, an Elf Decker, a Human Rigger, an Orc Adept, a Troll Street Samurai or whatever combination your heart desired. Choosing a gender, race and archetype was just the beginning a more important question: “What is your character going to wear and take on missions?”
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Speeding up Traversals

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A few folks have come to us recently with the need to trace lineages of nodes of variable depth many hops away. You can run into this need if you are looking at the ancestries of living things, tracing data as it flows through an ETL, large network connectivity maps, etc. These types of queries tend to be murder on relational databases because of the massive recursive joins they have to deal with. Let’s give them a try in Neo4j.
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Scaling Cypher Writes

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Let’s talk about writes, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things. And the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about writes, and indexing and batching, and transactions in Neo4j. Let’s start with my environment. A 3 year old MacBook Pro (dying to get the new ones… once they finally come out) running a 4 core 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 that is hyper-threading and pretending to have 8. An Apple SM256E SSD that is about average as far as SSDs go. So definitely not a production grade server, so bear that in mind.
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Importing the Hacker News Interest Graph

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Graphs are everywhere. Think about the computer networks that allow you to read this sentence, the road or train networks that get you to work, the social network that surrounds you and the interest graph that holds your attention. Everywhere you look, graphs. If you manage to look somewhere and you don’t see a graph, then you may be looking at an opportunity to build one. Today we are going to do just that. We are going to make use of the new Neo4j Import tool to build a graph of the things that interest Hacker News.
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Triggers in Neo4j

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One of the often overlooked features in Neo4j is the “TransactionEventHandler” capabilities… better known in the database world as “Triggers“. When a transaction occurs, we can analyze that event and decide to take some action. To accomplish this, we’ll write a “Kernel Extension” ( a little different from the Unmanaged Extensions we’ve seen on this blog ) to tie in our trigger.

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