What a mind bender, especially when structure is all your brain is used to. I really never thought too deeply about the idea of a graph based databases. However, why not? We have other types so a graph based database seems inevitable. The question is how am I going to understand it?
Impressions of the Book
This chapter was did well with the examples. Based on what I was given everything made sense so it was a good chapter on that basis. It was a thorough overview with a lot of good specifics in the right places most of the time.
What I learned
To be completely honest I am not really sure I learned much beyond what Wikipedia could offer me, but it is completely my fault/problem. As mentioned in earlier posts my brain is fairly well wired for rdbms’ and the Key Value pair and Document based NoSQL Db’s have really caused me some problems. Having a graph based one has really done a number on me.
I Don’t “Get It”
One of my biggest blockers was; outside of the example data given I really couldn’t expand to any other types of data to be stored. Normally I can come up with something to better understand the storage strategy, even it if is bizarre. I think Graph Based is just a bit beyond me right now, but I am going to stick with it because it seems very promising in what examples were given.
Scale Up and Down
I was happy to see that Neo4J was able to scale up and down. It can even go from 1 to 34 billion nodes, that is impressive, and allows for some real flexibility.
I am going to keep researching on Neo4J since something about it is just very interesting. Granted I really don’t understand it too well right now, but that doesn’t mean I won’t in the future. If you can figure out how to use it well it seems very promising. Also, if you “get it” please come back and try to explain it to me better.
The final chapter is coming, and I bet they are saving one of the best for last, maybe. Next week is Redis, and I peeked at the first sentence of the chapter and it is very intriguing, I will let you wait until next week to find out what it is. Redis gets a lot of buzz for various reasons so I am excited to read about it.