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Neo4j 1.4 “Kiruna Stol” Released With Many Notable Improvements

Releasing often has too many advantages to list them all, but I think the major ones are: capturing the interest of new users (generating buzz), showing a healthy project velocity, and, probably the most important one, delivering the features and improvements users were asking for in a timely manner . Neo4j has learned these lessons[1] and since Neo4j 1.2 the team at Neo Technologies is trying a very frequent release plan which also includes milestone releases. The other day, Neo4j 1.4, a.k.a. Kiruna Stol, has been released:

Over the last three months, we’ve released 6 milestones in our 1.4 series. Today we’re releasing the final Neo4j 1.4 General Availability (GA) package. We’ve seen a whole host of new features going into the product during this time, along with numerous performance and stability improvements. We think this is our best release yet, and we hope you like the direction in which the product is heading.

There are some notable new features and improvements in this release:

  1. a new query language called Cypher[2]
  2. automatic indexing
  3. a Lucene upgrade leading to faster indexing
  4. self relationships
  5. REST API improvements: exposing batch execution API, paging mechanism for traversers
  6. webadmin, performance, and new server management scripts

  1. In the NoSQL space, they are not alone. 10gen follows a similar aggressive release plan for MongoDB. Redis, even if supported by a 2 people team, has always enjoyed frequent releases. DataStax has also started to push out Cassandra updates more often.  

  2. At first glance the query language looks odd, but I haven’t looked beyond some basic examples to understand its syntax and strenght. Neo4j also supports Gremlin.  

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