Making Sense of NoSQL: A guide for managers and the rest of us

Making Sense of NoSQL: A guide for managers and the rest of us

Making Sense of NoSQL: A guide for managers and the rest of us

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Summary

Making Sense of NoSQL clearly and concisely explains the concepts, features, benefits, potential, and limitations of NoSQL technologies. Using examples and use cases, illustrations, and plain, jargon-free writing, this guide shows how you can effectively assemble a NoSQL solution to replace or augment the traditional RDBMS you have now.

About this Book

If you want to understand and perhaps start using the new data storage and analysis technologies that go beyond the SQL database model, this book is for you. Written in plain language suitable for technical managers and developers, and using many examples, use cases, and illustrations, this book explains the concepts, features, benefits, potential, and limitations of NoSQL.

Making Sense of NoSQL starts by comparing familiar database concepts to the new NoSQL patterns that augment or replace them. Then, you’ll explore case studies on big data, search, reliability, and business agility that apply these new patterns to today’s business problems. You’ll see how NoSQL systems can leverage the resources of modern cloud computing and multiple-CPU data centers. The final chapters show you how to choose the right NoSQL technologies for your own needs.

Managers and developers will welcome this lucid overview of the potential and capabilities of NoSQL technologies.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

What’s Inside

  • NoSQL data architecture patterns
  • NoSQL for big data
  • Search, high availability, and security
  • Choosing an architecture

About the Authors

Dan McCreary and Ann Kelly lead an independent training and consultancy firm focused on NoSQL solutions and are cofounders of the NoSQL Now! Conference.

Table of Contents

    PART 1 INTRODUCTION
  1. NoSQL: It’s about making intelligent choices
  2. NoSQL concepts
  3. PART 2 DATABASE PATTERNS

  4. Foundational data architecture patterns
  5. NoSQL data architecture patterns
  6. Native XML databases
  7. PART 3 NOSQL SOLUTIONS

  8. Using NoSQL to manage big data
  9. Finding information with NoSQL search
  10. Building high-availability solutions with NoSQL
  11. Increasing agility with NoSQL
  12. PART 4 ADVANCED TOPICS
  13. NoSQL and functional programming
  14. Security: protecting data in your NoSQL systems
  15. Selecting the right NoSQL solution

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  1. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very good introduction into the ‘brave new world’ of NoSQL database solutions… but not for the absolute novice, January 23, 2014
    By 
    Amazon Customer (London, England) –

    This review is from: Making Sense of NoSQL: A guide for managers and the rest of us (Paperback)
    The ‘brave new world’ or NoSQL databases (DBs) can be confusing: there are various different types of them (graph DBs, column-oriented DBs, key-value stores etc.) and a hotchpotch of vendors (and open-source solutions) – most of which claim that ‘their’ NoSQL solution is the best – and the answer to all problems.
    I work as a technical consultant in the database/storage field, and coming from a relational database (RDBMS) background, had been looking for a good resource beyond the non-curated content to be found all over the Internet.
    I have not been disappointed.

    (+) The book provides a balanced and informative introduction to the different types/classes of NoSQL DBs
    (+) I liked the ‘jargon buster’ approach of the author of actually explaining and defining a lot of the terms used. They did indeed “make sense” of NoSQL from that perspective.
    (+) I also appreciated the various real-life case studies and use cases for the differing NoSQL DBs, not only taking into account the pure technical side, but also potential business drivers – this is helpful for technical folk like myself whose job entails explaining the pros and cons of DBs to non-technical/business folk who don’t appreciate the intricacies of BASE vs. ACID compliance (and probably couldn’t case less)
    (+) Dan McCreary, the author, seems to take a balanced view in the ongoing SQL vs. NoSQL debate, something I missed from some of the other books I’ve read (like MongoDB in Action, HBase in Action etc.) – no SQL/RDMBS ‘bashing’ here.

    (-) My only (ever so small) negative comment would be that the book has not been written for a non-technical/business audience. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the potential reader should be aware that he or she will probably struggle if they are not familiar with (general) database concepts.

    I would give the book 4.5 stars, but settled for 4 stars – according to Amazon, 4 stars means “I like it”, 5 stars “I love it”. I love my wife, and my family – but I don’t ‘love’ books. I very much ‘liked’ it though.

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Director of Sales, November 11, 2013
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    John Ford (Kirkland, WA, US) –

    This review is from: Making Sense of NoSQL: A guide for managers and the rest of us (Paperback)
    Dan McCreary and Ann Kelly are two of the most intelligent technical experts in the NoSQL space. Their knowledge is both broad and deep. They have a gift for simplifying the concepts and translating them to real world examples. If you are evaluating all the NoSQL platforms out there, their book is an outstanding place to start. They cover distributed files systems, a variety of transactional databases, search engines and combinations of all of them. They give the reader a foundation for understanding why truly distributed databases can scale out to extremely large and diverse datasets. This is the best NoSQL resource I have found and I highly recommend it to any business or technical leader that is considering a new Big Data platform. The database world is evolving really quickly right now and we should consider whether our exploding volume of diverse data is being adequately utilized.

    Disclaimer: While I work for MarkLogic and sell the only enterprise hardened NoSQL platform available, Dan and Ann do an extremely fair job of describing and comparing a wide variety of NoSQL products as well as talking about traditional relational approaches.

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I great resource for learning to think in a NoSQL way., February 18, 2014
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    kathleen estrada (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) –

    This review is from: Making Sense of NoSQL: A guide for managers and the rest of us (Paperback)
    This book was very insightful and helpful to me. As a Database Analyst, it is sometimes difficult for me to sort through the quickly changing trends in technology and find the trends that are here to stay, and what I should spend my time learning. NoSQL was not something I was ready to jump into with both feet, and to be honest, I am still not ready.

    However, after reading this book, I have lost my die-hard “Oracle or Nothing” attitude. This book was helpful in showing me how to take an honest look at how we do business and see if, maybe, some of it could benefit from a NoSQL approach. If you are all Oracle and MySQL, this book keeps you firmly in your comfort zone. It explains the features of NoSQL, but also helps you understand when it would be better to stick with the old SQL way.

    By the end of the book you will find more than one way that using the NoSQL approach in one or two areas of your current databases will save you both time and money. You will also have a better understanding on the wave of the future (OK, the wave of the now) in Cloud Databases.

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