Michael Stonebraker *is* the horse, and yet has pointed pointed out that RDBMSs aren't always the hammer you're looking for. Next time you use a B-tree or R-tree (spatial search, anyone?), give him a toast with your favorite beverage.
http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/32212-the-end-of-a-dbms-era-might-be-upon-us/fulltext http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Stonebraker -----Original Message----- From: Code for Libraries [mailto:code4...@listserv.nd.edu] On Behalf Of Jay Luker Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 10:38 AM To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] NoSQL - is this a real thing or a flash in the pan? On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 12:22 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <rochk...@jhu.edu>wrote: > The thing is, the NoSQL stuff is pretty much just a key-value store. > There's generally no way to "query" the store, instead you can simply look > up a document by ID. > > Schemaless != "no way to query". Key-value stores, like memcache, are just one end of what most consider the nosql spectrum. For instance, I can query my CouchDB instances through the different views I create. I thought this blog post had an interesting take on NoSQL, although this guy, Mike Stonebreaker of VoltDB, obviously has a horse in the race. http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/50678-the-nosql-discussion-has-nothing-to-do-with-sql/fulltext --jay