Apache AGE, "A Graph Extension" was recently announced as an Apache Software Foundation Top-Level Project (TLP). What is the importance of that?
The project was originally developed in 2019 as an extension to AgensGraph (Bitnine Global's multi-model database fork of PostgreSQL) and it entered the Apache Incubator in April 2020. The Apache Incubator is the primary entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. For a project to graduate from incubator into TPL shows great maturity and community involvement. It provides confidence in the longevity of a project and is great news for those wishing to adopt it.
As to the project itself, AGE is graph database project which adds graph analytics functionality to traditional relational data platforms. Based on PostgreSQL, it aims to create a multi-model database that can handle both relational and graph model data so that users can use standard ANSI SQL along with openCypher, the Graph query language, filling an unmet ‘best of both worlds’ niche.
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