# A Skeptics Guide to Graph Databases

Solution ·I found a great talk about graph databases this week!

This one is from the NDC{Oslo} conference: A Skeptics Guide to Graph Databases by David Bechberger (author of Graph Databases in Action).

The main “points” of the talk or the things to learn when watching it:

- What are Graph Databases?
- Which use cases are Graph Databases useful for?
- Which use cases it doesn’t perform well?
- Since we can do everything with a relational database (status quo), what problems are better solved with a Graph Database?
- How to determine if a problem would be a good fit for graph DB
- A tour of the (very large & immature) landscape
- Mistakes the speaker did
- How to be successful

An interesting datapoint the speaker quoted from db-engines.com was the trending popularity of Graph DBs compared to other paradigms:

So, Graph databases are on the rise!

For those interested in graph theory (the mathematics behind graph databases, i.e. the fun part!), I recommend the book I went through last summer: Algorithmic graph theory and perfect graphs, 2nd edition by Martin Charles Golumbic. It is available on O’Reilly Learing.

Enjoy!