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How Many Ways to Run Property Graph Query Language (PGQL) in BDSG? (I)

Alan Wu

As many of you know it already, Property Graph Query Language (PGQL) is a very powerful feature offered in Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph (BDSG)*. PGQL provides a clean, intuitive, SQL-like syntax for one to write expressive query patterns. By design, PGQL combines strengths of SQL syntax, Cypher syntax, and a bit of SPARQL (a query language for RDF). Details on PGQL can be found here.

One thing you may not know is there are actually quite a few different ways one can execute PGQL: from Cytoscape UI, Groovy, Python, Zeppelin, to name a few. In a few installments, I am going to illustrate how to execute PGQL in different environments.

Approach #1: Execute PGQL from Groovy/Java

The following script can be executed with the groovy shell: ./gremlin-opg-hbase.sh


 // Get a graph config that has graph name "connections" and
// Zookeeper host, port, and some other parameters
cfg = GraphConfigBuilder.forPropertyGraphHbase()            \
 .setName("connections")                                    \
 .setZkQuorum("bigdatalite").setZkClientPort(2181)          \
 .setZkSessionTimeout(120000).setInitialEdgeNumRegions(3)   \
 .setInitialVertexNumRegions(3).setSplitsPerRegion(1)       \
 .addVertexProperty("name", PropertyType.STRING, "empty name") \

// Get an instance of OraclePropertyGraph which is a key Java
// class to manage property graph data
opg = OraclePropertyGraph.getInstance(cfg);

// OraclePropertyGraphDataLoader is a key Java class
// to bulk load property graph data into the backend databases.
opgdl.loadData(opg, vfile, efile, 2);

// Create an in memory analytics session and analyst

// Read graph data from database into memory
pgxGraph = session.readGraphWithProperties(opg.getConfig());

pgxResultSet = pgxGraph.queryPgql("SELECT n,n.name, m WHERE (n) -> (m)")
| n                    | n.name        | m                    |
| PgxVertex with ID 78 | Hosain Rahman | PgxVertex with ID 77 |
| PgxVertex with ID 71 | Pony Ma       | PgxVertex with ID 69 |
| PgxVertex with ID 44 | Seth Meyers   | PgxVertex with ID 42 |
| PgxVertex with ID 5  | Pope Francis  | PgxVertex with ID 59 |
| PgxVertex with ID 5  | Pope Francis  | PgxVertex with ID 56 |
| PgxVertex with ID 5  | Pope Francis  | PgxVertex with ID 58 |
| PgxVertex with ID 5  | Pope Francis  | PgxVertex with ID 57 |
| PgxVertex with ID 77 | Tony Fadell   | PgxVertex with ID 78 |
| PgxVertex with ID 77 | Tony Fadell   | PgxVertex with ID 73 |
| PgxVertex with ID 75 | Bobby Murphy  | PgxVertex with ID 74 |

pgxResultSet = pgxGraph.queryPgql("SELECT n,e, m WHERE (n) -[e:'collaborates']-> (m)")




* Note that PGQL is part of BDSG on big data platform. It is also available with Oracle Spatial and Graph option in Oracle Database ( via a patch.

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