As you many of the SQL programmers may already know. In SQL Server, it is possible to prepare and save scripts for database or table schemas. In some cases you may also need to script your data stored in the tables. This is a very simple task but it is possible to miss or forget where it is located and how this was achieved.
With the release of Master Data Services (MDS) for SQL Server 2008R2, it is now possible to perform XML transformations on the database server. Even though, it may sound as a bad idea to perform such operations on the database level instead of clientside, one can certainly find useful cases for this functionality.
A database configured with MDS, simply contains some CLR assemblies and UDF functions that make use of these assemblies.
After evaluating several graph databases, I decided to put more emphasis on Neo4J. Neo4J seems to be better documented and has a better REST API than the others. But still, I did not want to move all my relational data to Neo4J and there was actually no need to do so. I only needed the graph functionality of Neo4J to retrieve the user relationships as a resultset and merge it with my good old relational data. So I decided to go on to my evaluation by preparing a small .Net assembly to access Neo4J REST API and make use of the CLR functionality in SQL Server.