[Opinion] SQL is not beating NoSQL. NoSQL is evolving.
Ajay Kulkarni, the co-founder of Timescale DB wrote an article about “Why SQL is beating NoSQL,” which became an instant hit. He made a compelling case about how SQL is making a comeback, citing Google Spanner and CockroachDB. The analysis was mostly agreeable, except for one major flaw. It is not SQL which is making a comeback, its NoSQL which is morphing into providing a familiar interface. Bigtable and MapReduce were developed to deal with an enormous amount of data at Google.
Learn the basics of GraphQL+-, now available on video
Dgraph has its own custom query language based on GraphQL, called GraphQL+-. You can learn about the basics of GraphQL+- in our latest screencast that introduces you to writing queries in it, which can be found right below. The screencast will explore the content in the interactive tour it compliments, but in further depth. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel if you would like to be posted when we release new videos.
Badger vs LMDB vs BoltDB: Benchmarking key-value databases in Go
If you have been following us, you may know that we released Badger a few months ago. Badger is a simple, efficient, and persistent key-value store, written in a hipster language. Even though it is not at v1.0 yet, we have already received a great response from the community. As of writing, Badger has 2350 stars on Github, and there have been lots of discussions online since the release announcement.
Making Badger Crash Resilient with ALICE
Crashes can occur for many different reasons and can manifest themselves in many different forms. A program can experience a segfault or uncaught exception. If it’s running on Linux, a kernel panic could occur. If on Windows, a STOP error could occur, displaying the infamous BSOD. Even then, crashes aren’t the only thing you have to worry about. The UPS could fail (or be absent), or the power could go out.
Scale the shit out of this!
Starting v0.8, we have aimed to focus purely on the stability and performance of Dgraph. Our feature set is at this point good enough for most users – so we’ve decided to freeze it until we reach v1.0. Part of ensuring stability and performance led us to try and load the entire Stack Overflow on Dgraph; around 2 billion edges. With full-text search, reverses and other indices, this jumps between 6-8 billion edges; which poses unique challenges.