Moving from Relational to NoSQL

This white paper explains the need for non-relational databases, describes advantages of NoSQL, and clarifies the important difference between SQL and NoSQL databases. We walk you through:

• Identifying the right application for your first NoSQL project
• Approaches to generating primary keys
• Examples of modeling relational data as documents
• Options for performing reads and writes, queries, and aggregation
• Requirements for a successful proof of concept
• Tips for migrating from relational databases

You’ll get detailed examples of data and code for simple to complex data models, basic key-value operations (CRUD), advanced queries via N1QL (SQL for JSON), powerful aggregation with MapReduce, and more.

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