Friday, 2 February 2018

Podcast interview with Laura Drummer, Novetta Technologies

Here's another wonderful interview that I had at the end of 2017 with Laura Drummer from Novetta. Laura had presented her work with Neo4j at GraphConnect and was super nice to come online and talk about her work in the middle of her pregnancy leave. It was a great chat, I really enjoyed it - and am of course super happy to share. Here it is:

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:00:03.935 Hello, everyone. My name is Rik, Rik Van Bruggen from Neo4j, and tonight I'm here again recording another Graphistania Neo4j podcast episode. And on the other side of this Skype call, I've got a wonderful community member from Ellicott City, Maryland. And that's Laura Drummer from Novetta Technologies. Hi, Laura. How are you?
LD: 00:00:26.915 Hi, I'm great. How are you?

Friday, 26 January 2018

Podcast Interview With Konstantin Lutovich, Neo4j

Just before 2017 came to an end, I read this blogpost by my colleague Konstantin that was talking about how we were including an asynchronous API in our Java driver. That triggered my attention - I have always thought of the non-blocking characteristics of asynchronous systems to be very interesting for lots of different use cases. Just think of the difference between email (async) and phone (sync) communication - there's great use cases for both of them, right? 

So I decided to try and get Konstantin on the phone, which he very graciously accepted. We had a great chat - which is what this next podcast episode is all about. Hope you enjoy!

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:00:03.511 Hello everyone. My name is Rik Van Bruggen from Neo4j and here I am again recording another episode to our Graphistania Neo4j podcast. And this morning I've got a wonderful colleague of mine in Malmö, Sweden, on the other side of this Skype call and that's Konstantin Lutovich. Hi, Konstantin. 
KL: 00:00:23.786 Hello, Rik. Thanks for having me here.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Podcast Interview with Jesus Barrasa, Neo4j

Finally - FINALLY. After a very happy and successful end to 2017, we are back in full swing for making 2018 rock at least as much as last year. And that also means getting back into the habit of publishing this lovely little Neo4j podcast. To do that, I asked my friend and colleague Jesus to spend a few minutes talking to me about all the great graphy stuff that he has been working on to make Neo4j succeed even more in the Telecommunications industry. Jesus is leading a "Telecoms Practice" in Neo4j, and is leveraging his domain expertise to create even more value for Neo4j users and clients. So here's a little chat:

Friday, 15 December 2017

Podcast Interview with Philip Garnett, University of York

This week's podcast episode is another fun one, and one that I relate to personally. Why? Because as some of my friends and colleagues know (because I can rant about it quite a bit), I am a big fan of listening to podcasts in idle moments and/or while exercising. One of my favourite subscriptions is to This American Life - and they have been spinning off some amazing other podcasts that have caught my ear as well. One of them, Serial, is just amazing. There's only two seasons published, and each tell a fascinating story:
Both of these stories take you on an amazing journey and investigation - I really loved it. So when I read some articles around how my next guest, Philip Garnett, was using Neo4j to unravel and understand a similar British story, I was really triggered and wanted to know more. Philip was kind enough to have a chat with me - and here it is:

Friday, 8 December 2017

Podcast Interview With Andy Robbins, Rohan Vazarkar, SpecterOps

Here's another fantastic Neo4j Graphistania podcast episode for you. I had a brilliant chat with two guys in the US who have built a superb tool and written a bunch of articles about a topic that is very dear to my heart. I spent 10+ years working in the security industry, working on Identity and Access Management projects. And in that world, one of the most common problems is for people to misconfigure/mismanage their AD / LDAP server settings, and therefore get into a lot of security trouble because they just could not see through some of this stuff. Andy Robbins and Rohan Vazarkar (which I smilingly mispronounced as "the bezerker" :) ) did some amazing work on this, using Neo4j, and that's why we wanted to have a chat about this.

Here's the recording:

Here's the transcript of our conversation:
RVB: 00:00:03.538 Hello everyone. My name is Rik, Rik van Bruggen from Neo4J and here I am again recording another Graphistania podcast, and this time I have two lovely gentlemen on the other side of this Skype call. One is Andy Robbins and the other is Rohan Vazarkar, and these guys have been on my radar for a very long time because they have been developing some fascinating stuff around Neo4J. Welcome Andy. Welcome Rohan. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Podcast Interview with Ray Bernard, SuprFanz

The last GraphConnect conference in New York City was a true blast - sweet memories. One of the highlights for me was a visit to the SuprFanz booth at the Community Corner, where I chatted to Ray Bernard in a 360 degree recording:

Ray and I had been connected indirectly through something called "graph karaoke", which you will learn about a bit later. So, I published the above, but decided that it would be cool to have a longer chat with Ray on our podcast. So that's what we did, and here's the result:

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Podcast Interview with Niek Bartholomeus, Clarabridge

End of May 2017, I get a direct message on Twitter from @niekbartho. This guy claiming that we have met at some meetup - I frankly did not remember :), because, old age and all that - told me that he was "working on a little project" and asked me if we could have a chat about it. So we met up, had a cup of coffee - and started a conversation. It was an amazing conversation in my book, and related to something that I wrote about in 2015: analysing corporate networks with Neo4j. At the time, I just loaded the publicly available Belgian Corporate Registry into Neo4j and had some fun - but this guy took it to the next level.

That guy was Niek Bartholomeus, a rockstar developer from Belgium. He had some spare time between jobs, and decided that he would build something useful: A site that takes a bunch of publicly available datasets about corporations, their shareholders, their structure and also... politicians that may have interests (financial or other) in these structure. Quite a bit of data - all in the best database out there (of course), Neo4j.