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Learning Neo4j 3.x - Second Edition by Rik Van Bruggen, Jérôme Baton

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Background

It's not very clear when the first real database management system was formally conceived and implemented. Ever since Babbage invented the first complete Turing computing system (the Analytical Engine, which Babbage never really managed to get built), we have known that computers will always need to have some kind of memory. This will be responsible for dealing with the data on which operations and calculations will be executed. However, when did this memory evolve into a proper database? What do we mean by a database, anyway?

Let's tackle the latter question first. A database can be described as any kind of organized collection of data. Not all databases require a management system--think of the many spreadsheets and other file-based ...

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