In this short blog post, I would like to introduce the GraphAware Neo4j Framework. Its goal is very ambitious: we’d like to make it as useful for Neo4j developers, as the Spring Framework is for Java developers. The Framework aims at speeding up development with Neo4j by providing a platform for building useful generic as well as domain-specific functionality, analytical capabilities, graph algorithms, and more.
On a high level, there are two key pieces of functionality, GraphAware Server and GraphAware Runtime. GraphAware Server is a Neo4j server extension that allows developers to build (REST) APIs on top of Neo4j using Spring MVC, rather than JAX-RS. GraphAware Runtime is a runtime environment for both embedded and server deployments, which allows the use of pre-built as well as custom modules called “GraphAware Runtime Modules”. These modules typically extend the core functionality of the database by transparently enriching/modifying/preventing ongoing transactions in real-time.
Additionally, for Java developers only, there is additional functionality, such as:
Some of the Framework features will be introduced in detail in subsequent blog posts - this one is here just to whet your appetite. In the meantime, feel free to:
UPDATE: Next post in the series: GraphUnit: Testing Neo4j Code