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Redis in Action

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Redis in Action introduces Redis and walks you through examples that demonstrate how to use it effectively. You'll begin by getting Redis set up properly and then exploring the key-value model. Then, you'll dive into real use cases including simple caching, distributed ad targeting, and more. You'll learn how to scale Redis from small jobs to massive datasets.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 28th 2013 by Manning Publications (first published January 28th 2013)
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Sebastian Gebski
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.7 stars would be perfect :)

This book is nearly perfect if you're interested in purely developer's perspective. The problem is that Redis is quite frequently used in distributed scenarios, so Adm/Ops perspective is just as crucial - and it is lacking (just some stuff about backing up) ;/

What I liked:
* book is very practical, there are plenty of viable RL scenarios covered & it's a *great* start
* examples are awesome & perfectly commented
* performance aspect is very well covered
* the
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I've finished the MEAP version of the book.

It's a good read with lots of "recipes" for solving different problems using Redis structures and abilities.
It's a book you should know the solutions it delivers, to search for them when needed and not for reading (deeply) beyond chapter 4 in an ordered way.

It uses some advanced aspects from Python so knowing Python will greatly help you to better understand the examples.

All in all is a good read and if you are planning to use Redis it's a good book to
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: javascript-cloud
Would have liked if it were in Java.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This book could be restructured into 2 major parts:

1) "Redis data types with use-cases, performance, and scaling".
2) "How to spend a lifetime building a scalable database on top of primitives and hope it will persist and debugging will be fun".

And my guess everyone would like to see at least part #1 with examples of Redis commands instead of Python API calls. I already know Python and there's no need to spend extra time explaining to me what a decorator is and so on. It would be better to have
Edwin Dalorzo
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
As others have pointed out, the main problem with this book is that the examples are in Python, not in Redis. So, even when the concepts and examples are interesting and well explained, the reader is constantly doing the translation effort: reading the Python code and trying to map the code to the corresponding Redis commands. I would have liked the book much better if examples were defined in pure Redis commands.

Other than that, I think the book is well written, contains many interesting
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: coding
Overall it's informative and teaches you the essentials, but there were still several flaws:
- bad code samples. Many of the code samples were broken, and all of them were poorly written with terrible formatting
- the examples were mostly pretty good, but several were fairly unclear and could be explained more clearly
- several typos / formatting issues in the copy

I did read this book on's online viewer, so I'm not sure if these issues are only present in that version of the book.

Khang Nguyen
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good redis essential. Some examples are kinda forced, as in Redis is quite possibly not the best choice. For the sake of practices, that's alright, just bear in mind, Redis is a cache engine and more, but not a database.
Povilas Balzaravičius
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good intro into Redis and even more. If you need just basic knowledge to work with this database - first four chapters are covering most used commands, locks, transactions and replication. That is all you need! Now you can start work with Redis! Later chapters describe how to build and run complex applications on Redis. Most code examples are in phyton so you must be familiar with this language to get most from the source. Ending chapters includes good info on performance optimization and ...more
Alessandro Pellizzari
Apparentemente è impossibile scrivere un libro su Redis che sia chiaro e comprensibile.

Forse l'autore dà troppe cose per scontate, forse nemmeno lui sa descrivere bene i concetti che dovrebbe spiegare, forse fa troppa teoria per poi passare a esempi troppo complessi per poter essere capiti, ma più andavo avanti a leggere e meno capivo come realmente funziona Redis.

Abbandonato a circa metà perché mi sono reso conto che avrei dovuto ricominciare dall'inizio e forse nemmeno quello sarebbe servito.
Niklas Nihlén
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I think this book is good if you want a solid intro to building redis backed python applications. Me, not being a python dev, had a hard time getting any value out of the examples in the book. I really think that every example should first be shown in Redis commands befor the author starts throwing python at it.

The first chapters introducing data types and commands where rally good.
Arindam Chakraborty
Dec 22, 2012 is currently reading it
Begun reading it on the passing. Caught my attention in the first chapter with a good thorough example of a practical use-case.

Seems pretty standard Redis stuff, but good to see an official text-book instead of hitting the REPL and/or live console everytime. Useful for people beginning to use Redis, and/or identify the use cases.

Will update as I progress.
Mattias Lundell
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Great book, a lot of content and good examples.
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