Book Review: “Getting Started with NoSQL” by Gaurav Vaish (Packt Publishing)

Posted in Persistence on April 24th, 2013 by Kai Wähner

Getting Started with NoSQL” is a new book by PACKT PUBLISHING. It gives an introduction to different NoSQL concepts and products. Besides, it explains the differences to SQL databases and when to use which one.

First, the book defines NoSQL and explains what it is and what it is not. Especially, the characteristics and differences compared to SQL are described. The next chapter explains most important NoSQL storage types: Column-oriented databases, document stores, key-value stores, and graph databases. Advantages and disadvantages of these concepts are explained in detail, before comparing most important NoSQL products such as Cassandra, Neo4j, MongoDB or Redis. A case study (which uses MongoDB) concludes the book to show how an implementation with a NoSQL database is different from using a relational database.

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