Graphs in RavenDBI didn’t mean to build this feature!
I was busy working on the implementation on filtering in graph queries, as discussed in my previous post. What I ended up implementing is a way for the user to tell us exactly how to handle the results. The actual query we ended up with is this:
And the key part here is the where clause, were we state that a and c cannot be the same dog. This also matches the behavior of SQL, and for that reason allow (predictably), that’s a good idea.
However, I didn’t just implement inequity, I implement full filtering capabilities, and you can access anything in the result. Which means that this query is now also possible:
I’ll let you a moment to analyze this query in peace. Try to de-chyper it (pun intended).
What this query is doing is to compare the actual sale price and the regular price of product on a particular order, for products that match a particular set of categories.
This is a significant query because, for the first time in RavenDB, you have the ability to perform such a query (previous, you would have had to define a specific index for this query).
In other words, what graph query filtering brings to the table is joins. And I did not set out to build this feature and I’m feeling very strange about it.
More posts in "Graphs in RavenDB" series:
- (08 Nov 2018) Real world use cases
- (01 Nov 2018) Recursive queries
- (31 Oct 2018) Inconsistency abhorrence
- (29 Oct 2018) Selecting the syntax
- (26 Oct 2018) What’s the role of the middle man?
- (25 Oct 2018) I didn’t mean to build this feature!
- (22 Oct 2018) Query results
- (21 Sep 2018) Graph modeling vs. document modeling
- (20 Sep 2018) Pre-processing the queries
- (19 Sep 2018) The query language
- (18 Sep 2018) The overall design