Getting Started with Riak and .NET

Earlier in the year, I started playing around with MongoDB using .NET and wrote up a Getting Started guide. Now it’s Riak’s turn. Nutshell Riak is a distributed, schemaless, data-type agnostic key-value “NoSQL” database written primarily in Erlang. Check out the “What is Riak?” page on Basho’s wiki. Riak does not run on Windows so you’ll need to choose your supported OS of choice to install Riak on. Having used Ubuntu before for MongoDB, I went down that route so my notes here are oriented that way. [Read More]
Riak  .NET  csharp  nosql 

MongoDB Journaling Performance - Single Server Durability

Note: Relates to v1.8.0 release. v1.8 of MongoDB (production release hot off the press, available from here) brings single server durability to MongoDB via its support for write-ahead journaling. The following summarises the key points from the journaling documentation, administration guide and from my initial playing around. you have to specify the –journal switch for mongod in order to enable journaling (was previously –dur prior to production release) journal files are created within a journal subfolder of your dbpath, up to 1GB each in size in the event of a crash, when mongod restarts it will replay the journal files to recover automatically before the server goes online if mongod shuts down cleanly, the journal files are cleared down. [Read More]

Thoughts on MongoDB from a SQL Server Dev

As someone with a background in SQL Server development dating back to 2000, the whole NoSQL jazz has been something that’s been on the radar for a while but never made it under the microscope so to speak. Partly because SQL Server is my comfort zone and there’s plenty more to still learn about that; partly because I’ve had my career mapped out in my head and NoSQL didn’t feature much in that vision; partly because until you have something real-world driving a push into a technology then you tend to have that technology remaining as a distant dot on the radar. [Read More]

MongoUK 2011 - Upcoming MongoDB event

There’s a one day conference on MongoDB coming up, being held at the Skills Matter eXchange in London on Monday 21st March 2011. If you’re interested in MongoDB or even just curious as to what it’s all about, then it’s worth registering for it based on what’s on the agenda - it’s going to be tough to choose between the different sessions, which include ones on: schema design storage engine internals indexing and query optimiser scalability map/reduce & geo indexing It will also be a good chance to hear from speakers outside of 10gen such as Thoughtworks, Guardian and Boxed Ice. [Read More]

MongoDB replication - oplogSize

Background An oplog is a write operation log that MongoDB uses to store data modifications that need to be replicated out to other nodes in the configured set. This oplog is a capped collection which means it will never grow in size beyond a certain point - once it reaches it’s max size, old data drops off the end as new data is added so it keeps cycling round. The size of the oplog basically determines how long a secondary node can be down for and still be able to catch up when it comes back online. [Read More]

MongoDB - Does My Data Look Big In This?

You have an existing relational database containing x amount of data and you decide to migrate that data, for whatever reason, into MongoDB. You may have an pre-conceived belief that as your relational database is x GB in size, that after loading that data into MongoDB your NoSQL database size will be around about x GB too - after all, you’re loading exactly the same data from one to the other right? [Read More]

Getting Started with MongoDB and .NET

Getting up and running with MongoDB using C# is a very simple process. It literally takes a couple of minutes, including the time to download MongoDB itself and the C# drivers - so if you fancy having a play around with it to see what it’s all about, there’s no barrier stopping you. Nutshell To quote MongoDB.org: MongoDB (from “humongous”) is a scalable, high-performance, open source, document-oriented database. Check out the MongoDB homepage for a highlight of the key features. [Read More]

Getting started with Cassandra and .NET

Over the past couple of days, I’ve started playing around with Cassandra in an effort to satisfy my curiosity and to see what it’s all about. In terms of databases, SQL Server is my main skill - I first started using it nearly 10 years ago, and will always remember the first book I read cover to cover on it: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 by Ron Soukup. So Cassandra is a step outside of my comfort zone; something new and a little alien to me…. [Read More]