This session offers a close look at the implementation and benefits of utilizing a graph database, namely Neo4j, to serve as a CMS back-end. As we will see, the classic CMS ORM approach has several drawbacks, such as the inherent complexity of mapping CMS content to tables, or the inflexibility of relational databases for semi-structured CMS data. Graph databases address these challenges by directly storing CMS data as a graph structure in a natural and trivial way, and allowing to alter the CMS schema at runtime. Along with a live Demonstration the talk will provide a short introduction of general CMS use-cases and requirements, and will cover the specific strategy and data model used to build open-source CMS structr, which can be applied to other cases as well.
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