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For many folks in the IT industry NoSQL remains a buzz-word or gimmick, although a persistent one.

So if by now it has made you curious what is this all the fuss around about look no further than getting this more than insightful read. I had almost non-stop fun reading this 300 pages plus book, but more importantly it is very educational even beyond the NoSQL world - it offers a wealth of advice, as any good technology book should do, to any IT practitioner be it a manager or just a member of a team.

Specifically, it serves as a guide to modernizing your business, placing it ahead of the competition preparing to the next iteration in the data handling. I trust those who choose to adhere to implementing the principals outlined in the book effectively position their business and themselves to rip all the benefits of the future IT leaping ahead of the competition.

The book surprisingly is mentioning not only the databases, but also the programming languages as Erlang, Clojure that gained so much traction in the few past years. It gives a good overview on the existing search technologies which is a good asset as well as some Big Data attributes as MapReduce. The book discloses without bias any limitations a NoSQL solution may bring with it. At the same time the book succeeded to remain platform and vendor neutral.

Dan McCreary and Ann Kelly do turn out to be world class, seasoned consultants who I would love to work with, they both are very well verified methodologies aware and best practice followers.

The book is very cleverly structured taking a reader from basics and theory to practical analysis and real world examples.

Even though this book remark targets the managerial staff I’d say it is also well suited for even a junior IT practitioner. And that is for the reason being a book that gives you a look at a “bigger picture”.

I imagine it could be a good book to read during lunches together with my teammates at work and we could discuss it thereafter.

On the negative side, if even I can hardly justify perhaps the use this word, the time devoted to XML in this book was a tad too long, again, it could be because of me who dislikes the overly verbose and bloated data format that for example should have no place in a RDBMS.

The book will definitely give you a glimpse to where the next generation data storage and processing is heading toward. It is fully evident that the authors have a comprehensive knowledge in the NoSQL subject yet remain objective.

So it is a very well balanced, not denying RDBMS at the threshold book that certainly deserves your time. A 5 out of 5 stars.

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 9:07 PM | Back to top

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