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Author Archives: Mark Needham

Neo4j: Graphing the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

For a bit of Christmas holiday fun I thought it’d be cool to create a graph of the different blips on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar and how the recommendations have changed over time. I wrote a script to extract each blip (e.g. .NET Core) and the recommendation made in each radar that it appeared in. I ended up with a ...

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Go: First attempt at channels

In a previous blog post I mentioned that I wanted to extract blips from The ThoughtWorks Radar into a CSV file and I thought this would be a good mini project for me to practice using Go. In particular I wanted to try using channels and this seemed like a good chance to do that. I watched a talk by ...

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Kubernetes: Simulating a network partition

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post explaining how to create a Neo4j causal cluster using Kubernetes and … the I wanted to work out how to simulate a network partition which would put the leader on the minority side and force an election. We’ve done this on our internal tooling on AWS using the iptables command but ...

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Kubernetes: Spinning up a Neo4j 3.1 Causal Cluster

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post explaining how I’d created a Neo4j causal cluster using docker containers directly and for my next pet project I wanted to use Kubernetes as an orchestration layer so that I could declaratively change the number of servers in my cluster. I’d never used Kubernetes before but I saw a presentation ...

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Kubernetes: Writing hostname to a file

Over the weekend I spent a bit of time playing around with Kubernetes and to get the hang of the technology I set myself the task of writing the hostname of the machine to a file. I’m using the excellent minikube tool to create a local Kubernetes cluster for my experiments so the first step is to spin that up: ...

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Neo4j: Find the intermediate point between two lat/longs

Yesterday I wrote a blog post showing how to find the midpoint between two lat/longs using Cypher which worked well as a first attempt at filling in missing locations, but I realised I could do better. As I mentioned in the last post, when I find a stop that’s missing lat/long coordinates I can usually find two nearby stops that ...

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Neo4j: Find the midpoint between two lat/longs

Over the last couple of weekends I’ve been playing around with some transport data and I wanted to run the A* algorithm to find the quickest route between two stations. The A* algorithm takes an estimateEvaluator as one of its parameters and the evaluator looks at lat/longs of nodes to work out whether a path is worth following or not. ...

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Neo4j: Dynamically add property/Set dynamic property

I’ve been playing around with a dataset which has the timetable for the national rail in the UK and they give you departure and arrival times of each train in a textual format. For example, the node to represent a stop could be created like this: CREATE (stop:Stop {arrival: "0802", departure: "0803H"}) That time format isn’t particular amenable to querying ...

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Neo4j: Detecting rogue spaces in CSV headers with LOAD CSV

Last week I was helping someone load the data from a CSV file into Neo4j and we were having trouble filtering out rows which contained a null value in one of the columns. This is what the data looked like: load csv with headers from "file:///foo.csv" as row RETURN row ╒══════════════════════════════════╕ │row │ ╞══════════════════════════════════╡ │{key1: a, key2: (null), key3: c}│ ...

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