The REST API for AvocadoDB is already available and stable and people are writing APIs using it. Awesome. As AvocacoDB offers more complex data structures like graphs and lists REST is not enough. We implemented a first version of a query language some time ago which is very similar to SQL and UNQL.
Hey there, short notice: Jan has written a tutorial on how to use the PHP API for AvocadoDB (note: this is “just” the API for the REST interface, it does not cover yet the upcoming query language). You can find both the
UNQL started with quite some hype last year. However, after some burst of activity the project came to a hold. So it seems, that – at least as a project – UNQL has been a failure. IMHO one of the major issues with the current UNQL is, that it tries to cover everything in NoSQL, from key-value stores to document-stores to graph-database. Basically you end up with greatest common divisor – namely key-value access. But with graph structures and also document-structures you really want to supports joins, paths or some sort of sub-structures.
Apart from all the technical and theoretical benefits of SQL and what advantages the underlying theory has to offer, the major plus from an users point of view is that it is readable. You simple can see an SQL statement – be it in C, Java, Ruby – and understand what is going on. It is declarative, not imperative. With other imperative solution, like a fluent interface or a map-reduce, you need to understand the underlying syntax or language. With SQL you only need to understand English – at least most of the time.
And here I think is where UNQL is totally right. We need something similar for the NoSQL world. But it should not try to be a “fits all situation”. It should be a fit for 80% of the problems. For simple key-values stores a fluent-interface is indeed enough. For very complex graph traversals a traversal program must be written. For very complex map-reduces you might need to write a program – but check out Google’s talk (www.nosql-matters.org/program) about NoNoSQL. There they describe why they are developing a SQL-like interface for Map/Reduce.
In my experience most of the time you have a set of collections holding different “types” of documents with some relations between them. One of the biggest advantages of document stores or graph databases is that you can have lists and sub-objects. The problem with SQL is, that it has no good way to deal with these structures. So I believe UNQL would be quite successful if it would concentrate on these strong advantages of NoSQL, instead of trying to unify everything – especially after hear Jan’s talk about a document query language at the NoSQL Cologne UG (an English version is also available).
Last week AvocadoDB got mentioned in “nosql weekly” and the project achieved a huge amount of public interest especially from Japan. Awesome! 🙂
In this context Mr. Fiber asked on twitter what the use of skip list indices in AvocadoDB is. Here’s a short video reply by chief architect martin Schoenert. Got an opinion on this? – we’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments.
skip list index from NoSQL matters on Vimeo or on Youtube
Cambridge mathematician Richard R. Parker presents a novel algorithm he has developed using a Hilbert curve and Polyhedrons to efficiently implement geo-indexing.
Under a microscope: how ArangoDB stores data in RAM and data is secured consistently nonetheless in case of a server crash
AvocadoDB uses AppendOnly memory-mapped files with frequent fsync. Derived data (indices, etc.) is stored in the main memory only. This article explains why that particular combination leads to high performance and consistent data at the same time―even in case of a system failure.
Classical database systems – a bulk of data and insufficient main memory
Put simply, there are three possible settings regarding databases:
- Setting 1: All data fits into the main memory.
- Setting 2: The complete data pool does not fit into the main memory all at once, but the main memory is large enough to store all the data accessed in an average time span.
- Setting 3: Even the sub-set of data accessed in an average time span is too large for the main memory.
Classical database systems had to cope with setting 3 because main memory was too expensive to store the majority of data.
Basically, classical database systems had to manage the main memory themselves. To manage all data sets that exceeded the capacity of the main memory they needed sufficiently intelligent algorithms which the system software couldn’t provide (i.e., to stream the data through main memory for full table scans).
Are you a Python expert and want to contribute to an open source project? We need your help writing an API for Python for a new nosql database!
AvocadoDB is a rather new open source project – a fancy nosql database with a couple of interesting features:
- Schema-free schemata
- Usable as application server
- Flexible data modeling (key value pairs, document store, graph database)
- Free index choice
- Configurable durability
- Support for modern storage hardware like SSD and large caches
You’ll find more information on AvocadoDB here.
Our mission: projects are different, project requirements change. We want to offer with AvocadoDB a most universally applicable nosql database which can be used in a maximum number of different use cases. In buzzword bingo language: we want to become the MySql in nosql – without MySql’s annoyances of course ;-).
Before we started programming the new open source NoSQL database, we reflected which design objectives to achieve or to drop. This article summarizes our considerations.
In a nutshell:
- Schema-free schemas with shapes: Inherent structures at hand are automatically recognized and subsequently optimized.
- Querying: ArangoDB is able to accomplish complex operations on the provided data (query-by-example and query-language).
- Mostly memory/durability: ArangoDB is memory-based including frequent file system synchronizing.
- AppendOnly/MVCC: Updates generate new versions of a document; automatic garbage collection.
- ArangoDB is multi-threaded.
- No indices on file: Only raw data is written on hard disk.
- ArangoDB supports single nodes and small, homogenous clusters with zero administration.
We’ll use this space for further information on what’s going on in the project, milestones, events, interesting in-depth information etc.
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