Static binaries for a C++ application

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TL;DR; This describes how to generate a completely static binary for a complex C++ application which runs on all variants of Linux without any library dependency.

ArangoDB is a multi-model database written in C++. It is a sizable application with an executable size of 38MB (stripped) and quite some library dependencies. We provide binary packages for Linux, Windows and MacOS, and for Linux we cover all major distributions and their different versions, which makes our build and delivery pipeline extremely cluttered and awkward. At the beginning of this story, we needed approximately 12 hours just to build and publish a release, if everything goes well. This is the beginning of a tale to attack this problem. Read more

ArangoDB Easter Egg Hunt


While working hard on the next release and hacking away new interesting things to include into our favourite database, we decided to take a short break to have some fun just in time for Easter. All teams gathered together to do some Easter eggs coloring, chocolate-eating and fun-having 🙂

We’ve colored a lot of eggs in our favourite colors – green and brown, and hid them all around our office and beyond. Now, here is a little challenge for you to help us find them. Read more

Introducing the new ArangoDB Java driver with load balancing and advanced fallback

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The newest release 4.3.2 of the official ArangoDB Java driver comes with load balancing for cluster setups and advanced fallback mechanics.

Load balancing strategies

Round robin

There are two different strategies for load balancing that the Java driver provides. The first and most common strategy is the round robin way. Round robin does, what the name already assumes, a round robin load balancing where a list of known coordinators in the cluster is iterated through. Each database operation uses a different coordinator than the one before. Read more

ArangoDB Named Best Free Graph Database by G2 Crowd Users

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ArangoDB named by G2 Crowd users as the most popular graph database used today.

ArangoDB has been identified as the highest rated graph database, based on its high levels of customer satisfaction and likeliness to recommend ratings from real G2 Crowd users.

ArangoDB received a near perfect 4.9 out of 5 star average for user satisfaction for its free platform across its 24 user reviews. ArangoDB users point to the database’s query language, availability and storage as the three most liked features of the product. Read more

Introduction to Fuerte – The ArangoDB C++ Driver

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In this post, we will introduce you to our new ArangoDB C++ diver fuerte. fuerte allows you to communicate via HTTP and VST with ArangoDB instances. You will learn how to create collections, insert documents, retrieve documents, write AQL Queries and how to use the asynchronous API of the driver.

Requirements (Running the sample)

Please download and inspect the sample described in this post. The sample consists of a C++ – Example Source Code – File and a CMakeLists.txt. You need to install the fuerte diver, which can be found on github, into your system before compiling the sample. Please follow the instructions provided in the drivers Read More

Auto-Generate GraphQL for ArangoDB

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Currently, querying ArangoDB with GraphQL requires building a GraphQL.js schema. This is tedious and the resulting JavaScript schema file can be long and bulky. Here we will demonstrate a short proof of concept that reduces the user related part to only defining the GraphQL IDL file and simple AQL queries.

The Apollo GraphQL project built a library that takes a GraphQL IDL and resolver functions to build a GraphQL.js schema. Resolve functions are called by GraphQL to get the actual data from the database. I modified the library in the way that before the resolvers are added, I read the IDL AST and create resolver functions. Read more

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