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NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  91 reviews
The need to handle increasingly larger data volumes is one factor driving the adoption of a new class of nonrelational "NoSQL" databases. Advocates of NoSQL databases claim they can be used to build systems that are more performant, scale better, and are easier to program.

"NoSQL Distilled" is a concise but thorough introduction to this rapidly emerging technology. Pramod J
ebook, 188 pages
Published August 8th 2012 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published August 3rd 2012)
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Sergio Folgar
The first part deals with distributed databases concepts like different consistency types, resilience, CAP and the motivation for NoSQL. Very useful reminder for less theoretical people like me.

The second part picks a sample database for each one of the different NoSQL types (key-value, column, document and graph) and explains its application with a little code sample. Each chapters ends with best and worst case scenarios for each database type.

It works as a quick survey of current NoSQL and it'
Rod Hilton
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
The world of NoSQL is still very young and very fresh. Most books about relational databases tend to be about a specific one, like Oracle or MySQL, and tend to deal with specific issues, such as performance or scalability but very few developers are using NoSQL solutions on such a scale as to warrant those kinds of treatments. The questions developers have about NoSQL don't call for books like "High Performance MongoDB: Optimization, Backups, and Replication", but that exact book exists for MySQ ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
A great overview of NoSQL databases in under 200 pages. I wish most books would cut the clutter and reach the same level of brevity, which is so easy to read.
Amar Pai
Good for what it is-- a slim high level overview of NoSQL that gives you historical context and discusses key concepts like CAP theorem, distribution strategies (sharding, master/slave replication, peer to peer replication) and store types (key value, column family, document-based, graph). But, there's not much "there" there. It's all fairly abstract and intentionally doesn't get into the nitty gritty of real life use cases. I would've liked to have seen real life case studies though. You're not ...more
Alex Jablonski
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work, tech
Concise, conversational, and holds up well about 5 years on as an accessible reference to NoSQL databases.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Martin Fowler books are traditionally from very high quality (Pramod Sadalage is a new author for me but I could expect that he works at the same professional level). In this respect the "NoSQL Distilled" is not much different. All the most important concepts are very accurate defined and detailed described. What is the best way to design aggregates, why transactions have lost its importance, sharding, replication and consistency issues - everything is explained with precise clarity. One gets an ...more
Manu Pk
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The number one reason for the use of NoSQL databases is not performance and should be our use case. This means if our data model does not fit well in to the relational model, rather than twisting the data we can choose alternate data stores. This is absolutely critical if you want NoSQL to be used in most of the mid sized enterprise applications. Also companies will start to believe that they should consider NoSQL it even if they are not Google or Amazon.

When I was reading the book I thought th
Vladislav Gangan
A quick and concise introduction into the world of NoSQL. Explains the 4 primary types of solutions really well. Provides good fundamentals into how to reason about your data in order to make it compatible for use in NoSQL solutions. The scalability considerations are very well thought out and give enough context to apply when designing for your specific cases. Very well done - bravo to the authors.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've liked it very much. It was precisely what I was looking for, so a broad overview of NoSQL databases, advantages and shortcomings. Don't expect any deep dive into particular technologies, it's more a birds eye view on 4 different NoSQL db types: key-value, document, graph and wide-column databases, how they work, where they come short.. And as such, I think this book delivers.
Recep Karabıçak
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As clearly stated by the authors in the who should read this book section, this book won’t answer all your questions about nosql databases but will help you ask good questions. Overall this book presents a nice overview of the topic.
Maria Ines Parnisari
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good introduction. Lacks real world examples.
Lester Martin
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great, and super quick, introduction to the concepts behind, the various types of, and popular implementations of NoSQL systems. Slideshare and YouTube review links at
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good primer for the beginning NoSQL enthusiast. Sets you up nicely to make an educated decision as to which types of NoSQL databases exist and whether they will be useful in your organization. I would recommend this book.
Oleksandr Bilyk
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good short light book. Nothing new for me but it was required to have a ground in technical discussion. Now I definitely love Microsoft CosmosDB because it hides lots of stuff behind and provides only service for solution.
Kripa Sharma
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watch Youtube video from Martin Fowler, you will be able to finish this book really fast.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best book I could find for a short primer on NoSQL data stores.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very Primitive understanding of NoSQL, not all three major players are listed. I wouldn't even recommend for a beginner
Gabriel Morales
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to a broad topic

It was a funny and great journey reading this book. I really like how Martin writes and I going to apply his advices
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
chapter 2 is good for knowledge nosql benefit,but is a little complex to understand,you can read twice to feel.
the chapter 2 tell me what is aggregation model and how to model it.
chapter 3 tell me the schemaless database and the difference relational and nosql database.
chapter 4 let me know nosql distribution benefit,replication and shard.from single server to peer-to-peer.
chapter 5 is a little difficult to could get the general conception,but not deep to understand.
chapter 6 is g
Roshan Titus
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introductory book to the world of NoSQL databases. A quick read to understand the basic concepts of NoSQL databases like how horizontal scaling of data is achieved in NoSQL databases using aggregate data model, sharding and replication. The book also discusses how consistency and isolation is achieved in NoSQL databases. There are dedicated chapters discussing the 4 categories of NoSQL database implementations currently available. But the chapter that discuss the emerging idea of "Polyglo ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Concise but at the same time exhaustive introduction to the world of NoSQL.

The author goes gives a good insight of what NoSQL db are and why differently from other failed attempts they actually had success and at the moment their usage is always more frequent.

The author also compares NoSQL vs sql-like technologies and provide the reader with enough knowledge to decide whether or not to use NoSQL products.

The conclusion of the book, that I personally share, does not state which technology is bes
Nicholas Moryl
The thing about overviews like this is that they have to make assumptions about their audience: what it knows already and what it doesn't. There's some interesting information in here, but in some places I found it either overshot or undershot my understanding. Either that means my background knowledge is oddly constructed and this is tailored for people who learned about databases in a very different way than I did, or it could probably use some more content to bridge the gap between the basics ...more
Christophe Addinquy
This is a short and quick-to-read book like Martin Fowler's UML distilled I appreciate so much. Unfortunately, this one doesn't reach its target. Too much space is dedicted to sub-important topics, whil the important ones (the discovery of the different NoSQL flavors) could take advantage of a better treatment. I mean, they deserve 2 or 3 times more space with real samples showing how we use them.
note de lecture complète en français ici
Chris Wood
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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NoSQL Distilled has provided the technical community with a much needed broad overview of non-relational schema products in a quickly digestible manner. There are many materials that individual dive deep into a specific NoSQL technology. However, none have taken such a wide swath of material to cover. Fowler and Sadalage have done a superb job of distilling the importants facets of the NoSQL movement and technologies.

For a detailed overview of the book, see my summary here: http://chrispwood.blo
James Estes
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this. It gives a good perspective on NoSQL:
What it is
How it came about (ie why it was needed)
What it is/isn't good for
Some (light) examples of DBs in the space
It reads really well. I came away feeling like I'd just watched a conference talk about "What is NoSQL". Nothing too deep, but more informed about what/why/how and ready to go find out more. This was intentional (the authors said as much in the first chapter), and I think it worked well.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever wondered about the whole NoSQL craze, and whether or not it's even worth diving into - this book is perfect for you.

It can literally be read cover to cover on a plane ride, or over the course of a day with a cup of tea or two. The authors take each acpect of the different datastore types available within the NoSQL ecosystem, simplify their use cases, and present examples of code to illustrate the pro's and cons of each.

Highly recommended if you don't know where to start.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since my career as a programmer maps the historical period that lead up to the creation of NOSQL databases and the burgeoning polyglot paradigm I didn't think I would need this book. But it did help position nosql as a solution set of concerns that anyone developing for the web today has - how to architect, scale and manage for change in a world of global deployments and endpoints with varying capabilities. Its good manager primer on the topic - now on to more hefty reading, or just coding.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book does a good job of explaining the need/use-cases for the NoSQL databases. A lot of different types of databases maybe could have done better with more pages, but then I guess this is in line with the intent of the book, i.e. the author wanted to more of explain to user, when should you use which databases, rather than explain how to use the database.
In short, it was a nice and fun read...
Thomas Zeeman
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who want to get an idea what the various strengths and weaknesses of the different styles of NoSQL datastores are, this is the book.
It is concise, to the point and detailed enough to get an idea when to use one or the other type, or multiple. Al this in about 200 pages.

As with any book on an emerging technology some of the examples are already a bit outdated, but that doesn't distract from the main topic.
Matteo Tomasulo
This book starts with an introduction on horizontal scalability and how databases are involved in this problematic, and how NoSql helps to solve this; on this topic CAP Theorem very well explained.
Then the book shows the different types of NoSql showing some examples and declaring pros and cons.

It was what I was looking for, a book with a wide introduction on concept, principles and terms regarding NoSql.
After this book you can choose a NoSql and than take a specific book on that one.
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Pramod J. Sadalage, Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, enjoys the rare role of bridging the divide between database professionals and application developers. He regularly consults with clients who have particularly challenging data needs requiring new technologies and techniques. He developed pioneering techniques that allowed relational databases to be designed in an evolutionary manner based ...more
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