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Integrating with Rexster

You can follow these steps to integrate with the Rexster Graph Server:

  1. Copy the Bitsy jar and dependencies to the ext/ folder under rexster-server-[version]-standalone/ext
  1. Configure the graph as follows:
            <graph-location>... path to Bitsy folder ...</graph-location>
  1. (Optional) You can use the tags allow-full-graph-scans, tx-log-threshold and reorg-factor to tune the database

Debugging with Rexster

Rexster and the Doghouse provide a simple way to analyze, debug and fix the graph database. You can point Rexster to a copy of the Bitsy database directory to look at the contents of the database. You can also run Gremlin queries through this interface to come up with the correct queries.

Here is a screenshot showing a Bitsy database in Rexster's Doghouse web-interface.

Rexster Screenshot with Bitsy

Integrating your application with Rexster

Since Bitsy is an embedded database, only one Java application can access the database in a folder, at a time. So when Rexster is running, you can only access and modify the database through the REST and binary APIs provided by Rexster. This will be slower than directly embedding Bitsy in your application.

If you would like to use Rexster on a production database, you can create a RexsterConfiguration class for your Bitsy application and start up the application along with Rexster. Here is a template for the configuration class:

public class FooRexsterConfiguration implements GraphConfiguration {    
    public Graph configureGraphInstance(Configuration properties) throws GraphConfigurationException {        
        // Startup your application

        // Get a reference to the BitsyGraph instance, say fooGraph

        return fooGraph;

You can refer to the code to standalone Bitsy Rexster configuration here.