SQL Server 2017 introduced the concept of graph data tables as part of the SQL Server database engine. With SQL Server 2019, there were some enhancements like ‘shortest path’ function and constraints on edge tables that make this feature more usable – although it is far from a full-fledged graph database. Graph tables are essentially […]
With SQL Server 2019 on the way, it’s time to begin learning about all the new features. In this article, Dennes Torres demonstrates how to use the new SHORTEST_PATH function that is part of the Graph Database feature.
It is awkward to do 'Graph databases' in SQL to explore the sort of relationships and memberships in social networks because equivalence relations are classes (a set of sets) rather than sets. However one can explore graphs in SQL if the relationship has all three of the mathematical properties needed for an equivalence relationship.
NEO4J, the graph database, can be used to provide answers that are very tricky for relational databases, including providing diagrams to show how SQL tables relate to each other, and the shortest chain of relationships between two tables, as David Poole demonstrates