Query the Northwind Database as a Graph Using Gremlin by Mark Kromer.
From the post:
One of the most popular and interesting topics in the world of NoSQL databases is graph. At DataStax, we have invested in graph computing through the acquisition of Aurelius, the company behind TitanDB, and are especially committed to ensuring the success of the Gremlin graph traversal language. Gremlin is part of the open source Apache TinkerPop graph framework project and is a graph traversal language used by many different graph databases.
I wanted to introduce you to a superb web site that our own Daniel Kuppitz maintains called “SQL2Gremlin” (http://sql2gremlin.com) which I think is great way to start learning how to query graph databases for those of us who come from the traditional relational database world. It is full of excellent sample SQL queries from the popular public domain RDBMS dataset Northwind and demonstrates how to produce the same results by using Gremlin. For me, learning by example has been a great way to get introduced to graph querying and I think that you’ll find it very useful as well.
I’m only going to walk through a couple of examples here as an intro to what you will find at the full site. But if you are new to graph databases and Gremlin, then I highly encourage you to visit the sql2gremlin site for the rest of the complete samples. There is also a nice example of an interactive visualization / filtering, search tool here that helps visualize the Northwind data set as it has been converted into a graph model.
I’ve worked with (and worked for) Microsoft SQL Server for a very long time. Since Daniel’s examples use T-SQL, we’ll stick with SQL Server for this blog post as an intro to Gremlin and we’ll use the Northwind samples for SQL Server 2014. You can download the entire Northwind sample database here. Load that database into your SQL Server if you wish to follow along.
When I first saw the title to this post,
Query the Northwind Database as a Graph Using Gremlin (emphasis added)
I thought this was something else. A database about the Northwind album.
Little did I suspect that the Northwind Database is a test database for SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008. Yikes!
Still, I thought some of you might have access to such legacy software and so I am pointing you to this post. 😉
Support for SQL Server 2005 ends April 16, 2016 (that’s next April)
Support for SQL Server 2008 ended July 8, 2014 Ouch! You are more than a year into a dangerous place. Upgrade, migrate or get another job. Hard times are coming and blame will be assigned.