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Choosing a data storage engine is an important decision, but it doesn’t have to be painful if you know the landscape. We’ll look at several DBMSs (and a few you’ve never heard of), compare and contrast them based on use-cases, and how to plug each into Rails (even running together!).
Authoring the book “Seven Databases in Seven Weeks” has opened up a whole world of database alternatives that I never before seriously considered. It’s an important decision to be made by research, not buzzwords – and we’ve sifted through them so you don’t have to. At the very least we can settle the Mongo v. Couch debate (hint: they’re both awesome).
This talk will include:
Among the DBMSs we’ll spy are: mySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, memcached, Riak, Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB, CouchDB, Neo4J, OrientDB, and others time permitting.
Eric Redmond has been involved the software industry and open source technologies for over a decade, beginning at Purdue University with a particular interest in high dimensional database indexing. After graduation, he began working with fortune 500 companies then, government and startups as a lead engineer, senior software architect, build engineer, database administrator, and freelance code monkey. He was co-author/contributor of two Java books (“Maven: The Definitive Guide” and “Java Power Tools”, O’Reilly), a new book “Seven Databases in Seven Weeks” (Pragmatic), a few articles, speaker, and active organizer/occupant of several technology groups. He currently resides in Portland with wife Noelle, works at a wireless management company called Mobi, founded Inviite.com, takes photos and makes things out of glass.
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