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Neo4j driver (REST API client) for Node.js

This driver lets you access Neo4j, a graph database, from Node.js. It uses Neo4j's REST API.

This library supports and has been tested against Neo4j 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6.

Installation

npm install neo4j

Usage

To start, create a new instance of the GraphDatabase class pointing to your Neo4j instance:

var neo4j = require('neo4j');
var db = new neo4j.GraphDatabase('http://localhost:7474');

Node.js is asynchronous, which means this library is too: most functions take callbacks and return immediately, with the callbacks being invoked when the HTTP request-response finishes.

Here's a simple callback for exploring and learning this library:

function callback(err, result) {
    if (err) {
        console.error(err);
    } else {
        console.log(result);    // if an object, inspects the object
    }
}

Creating a new node:

var node = db.createNode({hello: 'world'});     // instantaneous, but...
node.save(callback);    // ...this is what actually persists it in the db.

Fetching an existing node or relationship, by ID:

db.getNodeById(1, callback);
db.getRelationshipById(1, callback);

And so on.

For a complete example of usage, take a look at @aseemk's node-neo4j-template app. The models/User.js file in particular is the one that interacts with this library.

A note on package.json dependencies:

Future breaking changes to this library are likely! But the version numbers will respect semantic versioning. So please specify something like 0.2.x or ~0.2.6, not >=0.2.6. Thank you.

Development

git clone git@github.com:thingdom/node-neo4j.git
cd node-neo4j
npm link

You'll also need a local Neo4j database instance for the tests:

curl http://dist.neo4j.org/neo4j-community-1.6-unix.tar.gz --O neo4j-community-1.6-unix.tar.gz
tar -zxvf neo4j-community-1.6-unix.tar.gz
mv neo4j-community-1.6 db

If you're new to Neo4j, read the Getting Started page. Start the server:

db/bin/neo4j start

Stop the server:

db/bin/neo4j stop

To run the tests:

npm test

Important: The tests are written assuming Neo4j >=1.5 and will now fail on Neo4j 1.4, but the library supports Neo4j 1.4 fine.

This library is written in CoffeeScript, using Streamline.js syntax. The tests automatically compile the code on-the-fly, but you can also generate compiled .js files from the source ._coffee files manually:

npm run build

This is in fact what's run when this library is published to npm. But please don't check the generated .js files in; to remove:

npm run clean

When compiled .js files exist, changes to the source ._coffee files will not be picked up automatically; you'll need to rebuild.

If you link this module into another app (like node-neo4j-template) and you want the code compiled on-the-fly during development, you can create an index.js file under lib/ with the following:

require('coffee-script');
require('streamline').register();
module.exports = require('./index._coffee');

But don't check this in! That would cause all clients to compile the code on-the-fly every time, which isn't desirable in production.

License

This library is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Reporting Issues

If you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file them in the issue tracker.

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