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NoSQL Document Storage Benefits and Drawbacks 96

Nerval's Lobster writes "NoSQL databases sometimes feature a concept called document storage, a way of storing data that differs in radical ways from the means available to traditional relational SQL databases. But what does 'document storage' actually mean, and what are its implications for developers and other IT pros? This SlashBI article focuses on MongoDB; the techniques utilized here are similar in other document-based databases."
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NoSQL Document Storage Benefits and Drawbacks

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  • by Sarten-X ( 1102295 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @04:37PM (#40213271) Homepage

    Oh, look, it's a NoSQL article.

    Cue the hundreds of Slashdotters who proclaim "Oh, they're reinvented obsolete databases" and "Just wait until they need ACID, then they'll be fucked", the NoSQL blind-faith followers who harp about pure scalability and clustering, and at least a dozen references to an animated video of a retarded strawman saying "webscale" repeatedly.

    Somewhere in the depths of poorly-researched comments will be some guy who thinks that NoSQL is a tool that really just might be useful for particular use cases, and should be used where appropriate, and nowhere else. Sadly, his post will be missed because everyone's too busy talking about how everything can be done just as easily on a $500,000 server farm running Oracle's latest and greatest turd.

  • by claytongulick ( 725397 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @04:39PM (#40213283) Homepage

    I'm not sure what the point of this "article" is. It is light on actual information or anything useful, it's basically just a few paragraphs that say "a NoSQL database called Mongo stored data in JSON format. This may or may not work for you".

    If we're going to have "BI" articles, they should be informative, containing useful information that we couldn't have gathered ourselves in 10 secs of googling.

    How about some comparisons between various NoSQL solutions? How about binary access API v/s RESTful approach ala Couch? How about clustering, replication and scalability? How about stability concerns (with Couch, for example). Real world use cases? Examples of companies using them for specific solutions? Performance comparisons with RDBMS's? Problem domains that NoSQL/schema less DB is more suited to than a RDMBS?

    I'm not trying to be pointlessly critical here, I'm trying to provide some constructive feedback on the new slashdot BI format. This article wasn't useful to me at all. I'll probably not spend time reading these articles in the future if the content is as light as this article.

  • by Moses48 ( 1849872 ) on Monday June 04, 2012 @04:59PM (#40213517)

    I read this article with the hope of seeing some of the benifits and drawbacks (as the title implied). No talk of scalability, indexing, speed, etc. I actually feel dumber for having read the article.

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