Monday, 13 November 2017

Podcast Interview with Nicolas Mervaillie, GraphAware

Here's another great interview with a long time Graphista that has done a lot of really interesting work in our French community, and is now having lots of graph-fun at GraphAware: Nicolas Mervaillie. Nicolas has been and still is working on some really cool stuff - so a chat was long overdue! Here's our recording - including a fancy new jingle from PremiumBeat ("Fantastic Voyage", by Olive Musique):

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:00:03.275 Hello everyone, my name is Rik, Rik Van Bruggen from Neo and here I am again on a Skype call, recording the next episode in our Graphistania podcast. And today I have a-- I would say an oldtimer in our Neo4j community on the other side of this Skype call, all the way from Lille in France, and that's Nicolas Mervaillie. Hey Nicolas, how are you? 
NM: 00:00:26.083 Hey, good morning Rik. Thanks for inviting me.  

Friday, 20 October 2017

Podcast Interview with Marco Falcier and Alberto d'Este, Neo4j Versioner

Just before GraphConnect, I thought I would publish another podcast on a subject that many people have been pondering about - and even struggling with. Ever since Ian Robinson wrote about on his blog and in the O'Reilly Graph Databases book, it's been a great topic of interest for many people in many different use cases: how can I keep track of versions in a graph? How can I look at the state of the graph at a particular moment on time, in other words, travel through time. Aleksa Vukotic presented some of this in a real-world application too, but the guests on this episode of the podcast decided they wanted a more generic solution - and so they got out their coding hats and got cracking. Here's my conversation with them:
Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:02.467 Hello everyone. My name is Rik. Rik Van Bruggen from Neo Technology. And I keep making the same mistake. It's no longer Neo Technology. It's Neo4j now. That's our name. And here we are recording another weekly podcast for the Graphistania podcast. And tonight, I have two people from Italy on the other side of this Skype call. And I'm really jealous of them because they're in the lovely Venice, north of Italy. And that's Marco Falcier and Alberto d'Este. Hello guys.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Podcast Interview with Tomasz Bratanic

This following podcast recording is an funny one. First of all because it took me and Tomasz like 3 retries and multiple scheduling rounds to get this thing done - and secondly because of who Tomasz is and what he is doing in our graph community. As you will read below, Tomasz is nog just a novice to Graphs - he's a novice to IT in general. A year ago, he was still filling his days with online poker - and now he is implementing and enhancing some of the coolest parts of Neo4j's APOC libraries. DEFINITELY worth a listen - it's an inspiring story.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Podcast Interview with Chuck Calio, IBM

Last year at GraphConnect San Francisco, we had this great announcement where we were having some of IBM's most senior leaders, Doug Balog, talk about what they were doing together with Neo4j to let the graph database perform like crazy on the Power8 hardware platform:

Doug came on stage and talked to Emil and the audience about all the hard work that was going on there, and now, just before GraphConnect New York - it felt like the right time to check in with friends at IBM to talk about their work with Neo4j and how that might affect the Graph community. So we got Chuck Calio to spend some time with us on the podcast - and here's our chat:

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Podcast Interview with Kevin Madden, Tom Sawyer Software

OMG has summer flown by. It has been a fantastic season over here in Europe, with lots of great family time and lovely trips to different destinations across Europe - I had a blast.

However, the downside of all this fun has been that I have really not had the time or inclination to publish more podcast episodes. In fact, I have to apologize to the guest on this episode that I am publishing today, the super-smart and fun Chief Software Engineer of Tom Sawyer Software, Kevin Madden - because I actually recorded this episode back in June already!!! Seems like an eternity ago - but at the end of June I was just really running short on time, did not find it possible to publish the interview then, and then... summer sunshine got in the way.

But hey - better late than never! So here's a great interview with Kevin - as you would expect, he has many great and interesting perspectives (pun intended!!!). Here's our chat:

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Podcast Interview with Sébastien Heymann, Linkurious

As I am coming up on my 5th anniversary working for Neo4j, I am increasingly happy, proud and thankful for the journey that we had - and the many great people that I have met along the way. One of these people is FINALLY appearing on this podcast, and has a history with this blog every since the VERY first article that I wrote in january 2013: in this article, I showed folks how to load the Belgian Beer Graph into Neo4j using a tool that was actually not intended for this use: Gephi. Many beer (related article)-s later, I am now finally talking to Sébastien Heymann, founder and CEO of, and one of the main people behind Gephi at the time. Here we go:

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Podcast Interview with Steven Baker, Neo Technology

About a year and a half ago, at some meeting in Malmö at Neo's Swedish HQ, I bumped into a new colleague there who was... a little different than most Swedes. He was a bit louder, a bit more outspoken, unapologetically sarcastic, VERY funny - and a big fan of all kinds of (Belgian and other) beers. So we started talking - over a beer. I think it's fair to say we hitted of - and I got to know this Canadian-gone-Swedish guy a bit more, talked more, drank more, ... and decided to invite him to talk about some of the interesting stuff that he works and worked on for our podcast. His name? Señor Baker. Senior Baker. Srbaker. Also know as Steven Baker - working for Neo. Here's our chat: