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PHP NeoClient extension for the GraphAware TimeTree Neo4j plugin

1.0.4 2015-05-11 20:03 UTC

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This library extends Neo4j PHP NeoClient by adding convenient methods for working with the GraphAware TimeTree Plugin.

The library mixes at some point the high valuable features of the TimeTree plugin with Cypher to keep consistency regarding response result used by NeoClient that permits to use node objects.

Installation and setup

You need to require the library in your dependencies and register the extension in NeoClient :


"require": {
    "neoxygen/neoclient": "~2.1",
    "graphaware/neoclient-timetree": "~1.0"

Register the extension when building the client :

use Neoxygen\NeoClient\ClientBuilder;

$client = ClientBuilder::create()
    ->registerExtension('graphaware_timetree', 'GraphAware\NeoClientExtension\TimeTree\TimeTreeExtension')

Note that the extension name graphaware-timetree can be changed to whatever you want.


As NeoClient is natively built for working with multiple Neo4j instances, the last parameters of each of the below methods is the connection alias string (default connection is used when omitted).

Adding schema indexes for the TimeTree time nodes

With this simple method, it will add the schema indexes on the Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute, Second and Millisecond nodes.


Generally this should be runned only once when building your application.


For all the following methods, the timestamp is optional and the "NOW" timestamp will be used when omitted.

Getting a time instant node

By simply passing a timestamp to the following method, you'll get the time instant node id and all the time tree created magically :

$today = $client->getTimeNode(time());

The default resolution of the TimeTree plugin is day, you can increase or decrease the resolution by using the timetree constants provided by the extension :

use GraphAware\NeoClientExtension\TimeTree\TimeTreeExtension;

$now = $client->getTimeNode(time(), TimeTreeExtension::TIMETREE_RESOLUTION_MILLISECOND);

Adding a node to a time instant

You need to pass the node id of the event along with the time and the desired relationship type. Note that the relationship is directed from the time instant node to the event node.

// Example for adding a node to a timeTree after its creation :

$q = 'CREATE (n:SuperEvent) RETURN n';
$result = $client->sendCypherQuery($q)->getResult();
$nodeId = $result->get('n')->getId();

$client->addNodeToTime($nodeId, time(), 'EVENT_OCCUR_ON');
// Returns true

Retrieving events nodes for a time :

This mixes the timetree functionality with Cypher in order to retrieve all the nodes informations in your objects, like labels, etc...

$result = $client->getTimeEvents(time())->getResult();

// Returns you a collection of nodes, the identifier of the collection is "n"
$events = $result->get('n');

// OR

$events = $result->getNodes();

Retrieving event nodes that occur between a time range

You should here specify the start time and the end time is default to NOW.

$result = $client->getTimeEventsInRange(112556325)->getResult();
// Again the identifier is n

$events = $result->get('n');

You can also specify the resolution, for e.g. to hours :

$result = $client->getTimeEventsInRange(
// Again the identifier is n

$events = $result->get('n');

Adding an event to a time tree with specified rootNodeId

$client->addNodeToTimeForRoot($rootNodeId, $eventNodeId, $time, $relationshipType, $resolution, $connection);

Retrieving events for time and specified rootNodeId

$events = $client->getTimeEventsForRoot($rootNodeId, $time);

To-Do :

  • Support for more TT features
  • Support for multiple tree roots
  • More Cypher/TT integration for e.g. retrieving nodes by label attached to times
  • User defined method for retrieving events (Cypher or TT)

Tests :

Run the test suite with PHPUnit :



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