Beyond (No)SQL

Sarah Mei (Ministry of Velocity)
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Location: Ballroom II
Average rating: **...
(2.56, 34 ratings)

SQL databases are awesome at certain problems. But most Rails apps encounter data challenges that make traditional databases look seriously puny. So…is SQL over?

In this talk, we’ll dig into the guts of the relational model, look at the problems SQL doesn’t solve well, and – crucially – understand why. Then we’ll answer the million-dollar question: is NoSQL the only alternative?

You’ll be surprised how far a little database theory takes you.

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Sarah Mei

Ministry of Velocity

Sarah Mei has spent most of the last dozen years writing code, and most of the last four doing Ruby. In 2009, she co-founded RailsBridge, a nonprofit dedicated to making the Ruby and Rails communities welcoming to all. Since then, her Open Workshop project has sponsored six events in three cities and introduced over 250 people to Rails, Ruby, and in some cases, programming. Sarah works at Pivotal Labs and has, among other things, two kids, a cat, seventeen computers in various states of repair, and one very understanding husband.

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Jason Meinzer
06/11/2010 3:29pm EDT

I must take issue with this assertion: “most Rails apps encounter data challenges that make traditional databases look seriously puny.” Surely that should read “a handful of” rather than “most”?

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Diego Scataglini
06/11/2010 9:56am EDT

Michael, I agree. I expected more especially with a teaser like this “Then we’ll answer the million-dollar question: is NoSQL the only alternative?”

I guess it would have been nice if it was marked as a beginner theory talk.

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Michael Kintzer
06/09/2010 4:47pm EDT

Very little content. Was over after 20 minutes

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