A Guide to NoSQL for the SQL Minded

Brian Aker (HP)
Location: 2006 Level:
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The evolution of website design has lead back to the fundamental question asked by developers when building websites, “Is SQL really worth it?”. This talk will go through the pro’s and con’s of how to choose a data store and give a survey of what is out there in both the SQL and NoSQL world. NoSQL is not about building a better hammer, it is about choosing the right tool for the right job.

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Brian Aker


Brian has spent his life working on the details of how to build and scale out
systems. He is currently working on a new MicroKernel designed MySQL
called Drizzle and is building the plumbing required for a new generation of
large scale computer deployment. He also spends time working on Apache
Modules, Memcached, and Gearman.

In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The VirtualHospital, Splunk, MySQL, Slashdot, and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He calls Seattle his home since that is where his dog Rosalynd is.

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Mikhail Panchenko
05/15/2010 4:18am PDT

It’s good to hear a perspective on the NoSQL rage from someone who has expertise on both sides of the fictional divide. If only the rest of the world applied Brian’s common sense, needs-based approach to choosing their data layer solutions.

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