ArangoJS 4 alpha available now

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The first alpha of the official JavaScript driver arangojs‘ upcoming major release is now available on npm.

Version 4 streamlines the driver’s API by removing unnecessary server roundtrips to obtain references to collections and graphs that already exist:

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Running V8 isolates in a multi-threaded ArangoDB database

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ArangoDB allows running user-defined JavaScript code in the database. This can be used for more complex, stored procedures-like database operations. Additionally, ArangoDB’s Foxx framework can be used to make any database functionality available via an HTTP REST API. It’s easy to build data-centric microservices with it, using the scripting functionality for tasks like access control, data validation, sanitation etc.

We often get asked how the scripting functionality is implemented under the hood. Additionally, several people have asked how ArangoDB’s JavaScript functionality relates to node.js.

This post tries to explain that in detail.

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ES6 Features TurboFan, Strong-mode and REST Parameters come with new V8 Upgrade

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ArangoDB 2.6 uses V8 engine version 3.31.74.1 for running its own and all user-defined JavaScript code. In ArangoDB 2.7 (currently in development), we have upgraded V8 to version 4.3.61.

The new V8 version in ArangoDB 2.7 provides several additional ES6 Harmony features that can be used to improve JavaScript usability and code quality. This blog post showcases strong mode and rest parameters, and also shows how to activate TurboFan, V8’s new JIT compiler for JavaScript.

ArangoDB 2.7 is in development right now, but it can be tried today by compiling it from source.

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ArangoDB JavaScript Driver 3.7: Promises and Performance

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ArangoJS, the official ArangoDB JavaScript client, has been updated to version 3.7.0. The new release features significant performance improvements in Node.js and io.js. The dependency on the third-party request module has been replaced with a thin wrapper around node’s own http module, bringing a 3-4x performance improvement for consecutive requests by maintaining a connection pool.

The earlier 3.5 release also added optional support for ES6 promises. While ArangoJS does not provide a promise implementation itself, all asynchronous methods now return promises in JavaScript environments that support them – whether natively (e.g. in io.js or modern browsers) or using a polyfill like es6-promise.

The latest version of ArangoJS is available on NPM and GitHub.

Agile development vs. schema enforcement – a paradox resolved

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The fans of modern and agile software development usually propose to use schemaless database engines to allow for greater flexibility, in particular during the early rapid prototyping phase of IT projects. The more traditionally minded insist that having a strict schema that is enforced by the persistence layer throughout the lifetime of a project is necessary to ensure quality and security.
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In this post I would like to explain briefly, why I believe that both groups are completely right and why this is not so paradoxical as it sounds at first glance. More info

More ES6 Features

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ArangoDB 2.5 comes with an upgraded version of V8, Google’s open source JavaScript engine.

The built-in version of V8 has been upgraded from 3.29.54 to 3.31.74.1.

In addition to several already usable ES6 features (detailed in this blog, the following ES6 features are activated in ArangoDB 2.5 by default:

  • iterators and generators
  • template strings
  • enhanced object literals
  • enhanced numeric literals
  • block scoping with let and constant variables using const
  • additional String methods (such as startsWith, repeat etc.)

The above features are available in ArangoDB 2.5, and can now be used for scripting purposes in the ArangoShell and in server-side Foxx actions inside the database.

This blog post briefly explains the features provides some quick examples for using them.

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Crawling GITHUB with Promises

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The new Javascript driver no longer imposes any promises implementation. It follows the standard callback pattern with a callback using err and res.

I wanted to give the new driver a try. A github crawler seemed like a good side-project, especially because the node-github driver follows the same conventions as the Javascript driver.

There are a lot of promise libraries out there. The most popular one – according to NPM – was promises. It should be possible to use any implementation. Therefore I used this one.

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Cheerio, Node and Coffee-Script

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Foxx’ main purpose is to create a beautiful API for your AngularJS, EmberJS or Backbone.js front-end. However, sometimes you want to do more. We, for example, needed to parse some HTML files. ArangoDB is capable of using some Node.js modules, but unfortunately Cheerio was not one of those. One problem was that we did not support loading of JSON data modules. So, this was a good excuse to rewrite the module loader in ArangoDB to make it even more Node.js-friendly.

With those improvements, that are currently available in ArangoDB’s devel branch. You can now also “require” a JSON data file. These files must have a filename ending with “.json”. If the filename ends with “.coffee” it is treated as coffee-script file and automatically compiled into JavaScript.

A Foxx app can now contain its own “node_modules” directory to include Node modules which it requires. This makes it much easier to deploy a Foxx app.

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