Krakow, Poland, 31 May - 2 June 2023
Are you an adventurer? Do you want gold? Experience? Of course you do! And where do you get these things? The dungeon, where else? That wonderful container of all things adventurous! Unfortunately, dungeons aren't setup for your convenience and so you have to wander about and you get what you get.
But you’re also a developer. You could put all the rooms with their shiny and monstrous content in a database. You could query it and find the best routes to get the gold and the experience. But how would you model this data and write these queries? The rooms. The monsters. The sparkling hoozits. That’s a lot of entities to relate to each other. And that’s gonna be a monster of a JOIN! Better get my text editor ready.
You could use a graph database that allows you to model these relationships simply with nodes and edges. And, using the Cypher query language, you can write elegant queries that find the best routes to get the stuff you desire most.
In this talk, I’ll use this example to introduce you to graph databases. I’ll compare how to model it with a relational database and how a graph database makes it easier. I’ll show you how to query and modify your graph. And, as no talk would be complete without a live demo, I’ll do it all using a real-time procedurally generated random dungeon (I am a dungeon master after all).
So come, have a flagon of mead as you learn about graph databases, optimize your dungeon crawl, and equip another weapon in your quest for better software!
Guy works for Redis as a Developer Advocate. Combining his decades of experience in writing software with a passion for learning—and for sharing what he has learned—Guy explores interesting topics and spreads the knowledge he has gained around developer communities worldwide.
In his personal life, Guy is a hard-boiled geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. In his spare time he likes to camp and studies history and linguistics.
Guy lives in Ohio with his wife, his sons, and an entire wall of board and role-playing games.
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