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The culmination of milestone releases, Neo4j 1.7 becomes available to the public with some big upgrades for those aware of its powers

The team behind the powerful NoSQL graph database for Java, Neo4j has announced that the latest stable version of the database option is now generally available to the masses.

Codenamed “Bastuträsk Bänk”, Neo4j 1.7 represents a quick turnaround cycle for the team, having released the first milestone back in March. Thoughts turn to the future as the team are trying to make the graph database much speedy for enterprises craving a high volume of deployments. To counter this problem, the team are building towards an ‘Enterprise Turbo’ package for handling these particularly high-risk scenarios with more predictable speed.

The first of these speedy improvements out is the new GCR cache – promising to be 10x faster and 10x more accomodating for primitives. All in all, the GCR irons out previous rough spots for those wanting to process larger graphs with several simultaneous user operations. As long as it’s tuned optimally of course. The team say this is an ideal option for those dealing with large cluster deployments.

Another big part of Neo4j 1.7 is the advances made to Neo4j’s query language, Cypher, striking a balance between clarity and complexity quite nicely. In response to user feedback, the team have worked towards providing a complete list of math functions for use with the WHERE and RETURN functions.

Aside from the obligatory tuning under the hood to improve performance, there’s also SSL Support to add remote access to Neo4j across the public internet and wildcards in security authorization rules. System properties can override the configuration as well, to comply with different production environments.

To download Neo4j 1.7, check out the site, where you’ll also find previous milestones (refer back to the 1.7.M011.7.M02 and 1.7.M03) which look at improvements in greater detail. A welcome update for the premier Java graph database choice. Onward to Neo4j 1.8!

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