Joe Celko's Complete Guide to NoSQL: What Every SQL Professional Needs to Know about Non-Relational Databases Paperback – 17 Oct 2013
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"The book summarizes various NoSQL topics to acquaint readers with both old and new data management issues outside the realm of the relational framework… I found it thought provoking and believe that it has a place on the data manager’s bookshelf."--ComputingReviews.com, March 4, 2014
About the Author
Joe Celko served 10 years on ANSI/ISO SQL Standards Committee and contributed to the SQL-89 and SQL-92 Standards. Mr. Celko is author a series of books on SQL and RDBMS for Elsevier/MKP. He is an independent consultant based in Austin, Texas. He has written over 1200 columns in the computer trade and academic press, mostly dealing with data and databases.
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You have to do a lot of reading between the lines to get to the meat, which is there. There are summaries of various NoSQL technologies, as presented to SQL-centric readers. But it's pretty much a surface coverage rather than a "Complete Guide". I wish this were better.
1. It explains principles in terms of the fundamental capabilities that DBMSs must deliver: transactions, scalability in distributed settings, and so on, focusing primarily on the WHY (the motivation behind a specific NoSQL approach, and the circumstances where it shines.) There is less emphasis on HOW (e.g., the internal design of individual systems, or the syntax employed by individual packages' query languages - for that, the O'Reilly/APress books are recommended.
2. It provides in-depth explanations and analogies with existing technologies that someone with extensive RDBMS background, such as I, found it useful to relate to.
3. It uses historical perspectives to explain how good ideas that have existed for decades in various products (not necessarily DBMSs) have been utilized effectively (and sometimes not so effectively) by various NoSQL vendors: one is reminded of the phrase, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." (This is not necessarily a bad thing: some fundamentals never change.)
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