July 2021: What’s the Latest with ArangoDB?
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Welcome to the seventh ArangoDB newsletter of 2021! We hope you are enjoying summer as safely as you can.
In this edition, we are excited to share:
- ArangoDB 3.8 is GA!
- A new blog post about word embeddings
- Our next Lunch Break: ArangoDB for Beginners
- Our growing avocado grove (aka we are hiring!)
ArangoDB 3.8 is GA: Analytics at Scale
Hip hip, hooray! The GA release of ArangoDB 3.8 is here. We have a host of resources available for you, but most importantly, we hope you give it a spin by downloading it here or trying out the new features on our managed service ArangoGraph.
From AQL window operations, weighted traversals, ArangoSearch pipeline Analyzer, to support for new Geo-spatial queries and Geo functions, ArangoDB 3.8 is jam packed with new functionality to help support analytics at scale.
Want more details?
Word Embeddings in ArangoDB
We’ve been on a tear on our blog lately. Check out this latest post on the world of Natural Language Processing by using word embeddings to search movie descriptions in ArangoDB.
In this post, we:
- Discuss the background of word embeddings
- Introduce the current state-of-the-art models for embedding text
- Apply a model to produce embeddings of movie descriptions in an IMDb dataset
- Perform similarity search in ArangoDB using these embeddings
- Show you how to query the movie description embeddings in ArangoDB with custom search terms
Graph & Beyond Lunch Break #16: ArangoDB for Beginners
ArangoDB is a native multi-model graph database. It has a free, open-source Community Edition, as well as an Enterprise Edition that is free for evaluation. That being said, this does not explore what ArangoDB is as a whole, especially for someone who is not familiar with ArangoDB.
Join Digital Marketing Manager Laura Cope who will give a basic introduction to ArangoDB and the different services ArangoDB has to offer.
Wednesday, August 11th 2021 – 12:00pm in your local time zone
Community Spotlight: ArangoDB Community GitHub and Interactive Tutorials
Do you have a project or tool that the ArangoDB community might be interested in?
If so, we would love to add it to our growing list of repositories in the ArangoDB Community GitHub organization. This GitHub organization serves as a place for more people to find out about your project and, if necessary, even help you develop it!
ArangoDB Spreadsheet Loader
These repositories can be anything from cool learning projects for the community or useful tools for working with ArangoDB. Our latest addition is the ArangoDB Spreadsheet Loader from Steven Saunders. This project provides an easy approach to loading data from spreadsheets into ArangoDB. It has some todos that could serve as a great way to contribute to an open-source project that the entire ArangoDB community could benefit from.
Apple AirPods Giveaway!
Our Interactive Tutorials repository has a library of python notebooks available covering the full spectrum of ArangoDB features. Although we cover a lot of topics, something is missing… YOUR notebook! Starting today and running until the end of September, the first 25 people who have a notebook merged into the main branch will receive a swag box (one per person). EVERYONE who has an accepted PR will be entered to win a set of custom Apple AirPods! Each notebook (subject to approval) gets you an extra entry.
To get started, visit the repository and follow the contribution instructions. Notebooks should cover topics related to ArangoDB, such as:
- A unique approach to getting started with AQL
- An exciting tutorial covering another ArangoDB concept
- A novel approach you took to solve a machine learning problem using ArangoDB
- A notebook showcasing how you use ArangoDB in your application
- Any other notebooks that get people excited about using ArangoDB
We are pretty lenient when it comes to providing community notebooks, but some content may require revision before being accepted or may not be accepted.
Disclaimer: We will make our best effort to ship to most countries, within reason. If for any reason, we aren’t able to due to laws or shipping restrictions of the country, or some other unforeseen reason, we may need to select another winner at our discretion and/or not send out the swag box.
Update Advisory for 3.6x and 3.7x (and ArangoDB 3.6 EOL)
We would like to make sure you are aware of our recent update advisory regarding two critical issues we identified that affect all versions up to and including 3.6.14 and 3.7.12. Both issues are fixed in versions 3.6.15, 3.7.13, and 3.8.0.
It is important that you upgrade to the respective bugfix version based on your current version:
- Upgrade from 3.6.x to 3.6.15 (or directly to 3.7.13)
- Upgrade from 3.7.x to 3.7.13
You can read the full update advisory here.
Also, per our EOL policy, support for ArangoDB 3.6 will end as of August 31, 2021 (ArangoDB 3.7 was released for General Availability on August 27, 2020). Current ArangoDB 3.6 Users are encouraged to upgrade to ArangoDB 3.7.
Where else can you find ArangoDB?
- August 21: FrOSCon 2021 – Using GeoJSON Data in a Fullstack Vue Application
- August 25: Graph & Beyond Lunch Break #17 – Introduction to Foxx Microservices
- September 15: Workshop – GraphML, NVIDIA Triton, and ArangoDB: Thinking Beyond Euclidean Space
From the Avocado Grove: We’re Hiring!
Team Avocado is continuing to grow! We have more than 45 open positions (almost all fully-remote) on our website across Engineering, Product Management, Sales, and Recruiting.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Dick Meuleman, who joined us recently as a DevOps Engineer for ArangoDB ArangoGraph.
Dick is a jack of all trades. After studying medicine for a couple of years, he decided working with computers is less complicated than working with people. After completing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, he jumped from being an expert at Java to Android engineering, and from there to NodeJS – and then to a multitude of other languages and frameworks. For the last couple of years, he has been occupied with keeping an elaborate CI/CD system up and running. You can reach Dick through our ArangoDB Community Slack @.
Would you like to join Team Avocado? Check out our open positions here.
ArangoDB recognized as Leader on G2
We couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognized by our users as a Graph Database Leader on G2 Crowd.
Are you happy with how things are going with ArangoDB so far, and have a few minutes to spare?
Then take a break from coding and write a review about your experience on G2.
We hope you enjoyed our latest news!
Until next time 🖖
The ArangoDB Team
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