Posts tagged with Relational Databases

You (probably) don't need a rockstar engineer

If you work in the tech industry, you've probably heard somebody lament just how difficult it is to find "good" engineers these days.

Thanks to the booming internet economy and the fat wallets of companies like Google and Facebook, it's a good time to be a software engineer. There are more jobs than viable candidates, salaries and benefits are high as a result and the best engineers have no shortage of opportunities to work on interesting things.

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Five legitimate use cases for NoSQL databases

NoSQL may be one of the most overhyped technology trends in the past couple of years, and a growing number of companies that left their relational databases behind for a NoSQL fling are rethinking their decisions.

Yet organizations continue to adopt NoSQL solutions and investors are still eager to pour money into vendors behind the most popular of them.

Are they crazy, or has some of the NoSQL skepticism been overdone?

The truth of the matter is that, hype aside, there is a role for NoSQL solutions to play in a world consumed by data, and increasingly companies are making smart decisions about when to use relational databases and when to turn to their NoSQL cousins.

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NoSQL database provider 10gen raises $42m

The relational database may not be dead, and so-called NoSQL solutions may have been slightly overhyped, but that isn't stopping investors from betting that the market for new types of data stores is going to be very, very big.

The latest example of that: 10gen, which is behind one of the more prominent NoSQL databases, MongoDB, has just raised a new $42m round of funding.

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Are more companies going to be saying 'no' to NoSQL?

NoSQL has been one of the biggest technology trends of the past couple of years.

The rise of 'big data' and the growing number of solutions that promise to eliminate some of the long-standing headaches relational databases often create have given many companies, particularly start-ups, good reason to NoSQL databases.

But at least some of them are finding out that NoSQL isn't the database market's version of penicillin.

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Five open-source NoSQL technologies worth looking at

The relational database is dead. Okay, that may be a stretch, but thanks in large part to the demands of massively-popular consumer internet services and sophisticated enterprise applications alike, more and more developers are finding that, for certain applications, moving away from relational databases is not only desirable, but practically necessary.

One of the biggest benefits of 'NoSQL' solutions is that many do away with schema. In other words, developers don't need to define a rigid structure for data, as they do with relational databases. When dealing with certain kinds of data, this is ideal. Additionally, for some applications, relational databases have less-than-stellar performance and can be very difficult and expensive to scale.

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