Mark Needham takes a closer look at the Neo4j browser and how it can work for you

 

One of the things that I’ve found difficult when looking at a new Neo4j database is working out the structure of the data it contains.

I’m used to relational databases where you can easily get a list of the table and the foreign keys that allow you to join them to each other.

This has traditionally been difficult when using Neo4j but with the release of the Neo4j browser we can now easily get this type of overview by clicking on the Neo4j icon at the top left of the browser.

We’ll see something similar to the image on the left which shows the structure of my football graph and we can now discover parts of the graph by clicking on the various labels, properties or relationships.

For example, if we click on the Month label the following query will be executed:

That query actually returns all the months in the database since there are only 12 in total, but for other queries we’d get back a subset of the nodes/relationships with that structure.

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