As a NoSQL database technology, the Graph database is still relatively unknown. But it has a lot of great applications. Graph databases are not new, but only recently Microsoft supports Graph databases by means of Azure Cosmos DB.
A Graph database is better than SQL in handling complex relations between entities. One could say that a Graph database is more relational than a relational database. As a result, some type of problems are easier to solve using a Graph database; faster and with less frustration.
What to expect during the evening: after a short introduction into Graph theory and into Graph databases, we will define some typical use cases for Graph databases. When does a Graph database beat the competition of SQL and other NoSQL solutions?
For the main part of the evening the focus will be on practical modelling, implementation and use of Graph databases in .NET. We will show query and code examples for two flavours: Cosmos DB with Gremlin and Neo4j with Cypher.
Working over 25 years in the field, Daniël is an experienced software developer. Since .NET 2.0 he is professionally using C# and .NET. For the last few years Daniël is an active Azure Developer and Azure Architect for Betabit. Together with and for their customers, he creates valuable software based on Azure PaaS. This is done with great fun and passion. He also speaks at events such as the Global Azure Bootcamp.
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Who? - Alex Thissen
Alex has been involved in application development since the late nineties and worked as a lead developer and architect at large enterprises and small companies. He spends his time teaching other developers the details of the Microsoft development platform and frameworks, and coaches architects to design and build modern distributed applications at cloud scale. He has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Visual Studio and Development Technologies 10 times. In his spare time Alex likes to participate in all kinds of sport, and loves playing and programming new and retro video games.
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Not only does he like to code, but he is also passionate about spreading his knowledge - as well as gaining some in the bargain. Gerald involves himself in speaking, providing training sessions and writing blogs (https://blog.verslu.is) or articles in his free time. Twitter: @jfversluis | Website: https://gerald.verslu.is
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