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Make Data Work
21–22 May 2018: Training
22–24 May 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Time for a new relation: Going from RDBMS to a graph database

Patrick McFadin (DataStax)
14:0514:45 Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Data engineering and architecture, Expo Hall
Location: Expo Hall Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Time Series and Graphs
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Application developers and system architects

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with relational database modeling and application-based data design techniques

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to use your RDBMS knowledge with property graph database models


Like many of you, Patrick McFadin has a good deal of experience building data models and applications using a relational database. However, now graph databases are becoming mainstream. Patrick explains how to use the knowledge you have gained from your years of working with relational databases in this brave new world. There are many similarities but also some significant differences that can open up completely new use cases. If you’re deciding whether to take the plunge into graph databases, this is the talk for you.

Topics include:

  • How graph databases create relations differently than an RDBMS deployment
  • How to insert and query data
  • When to use a graph database (and when not to)
  • Things that are unique to a graph database
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Patrick McFadin


Patrick McFadin is the vice president of developer relations at DataStax, where he leads a team devoted to making users of DataStax products successful. Previously, he was chief evangelist for Apache Cassandra and a consultant for DataStax, where he helped build some of the largest and exciting deployments in production; a chief architect at Hobsons; and an Oracle DBA and developer for over 15 years.