Chapter 1. A case for a Neo4j database

This chapter covers

  • Use cases for Neo4j graph databases
  • How Neo4j compares with more traditional relational databases
  • Neo4j’s place in the larger NoSQL world
  • Key characteristics of Neo4j

Computer science is closely related to mathematics, with a lot of its concepts originally coming from mathematical philosophy. Algorithms, cryptography, computation, automation, and even basic theories of mathematical logic and Boolean algebra are all mathematical concepts that closely couple these two disciplines. Another mathematical topic can often be found in computer science books and articles: graph theory. In computer science, graphs are used to represent specific data structures, such as organizational hierarchies, ...

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