MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition by Kristina Chodorow, O’Reilly Media Book Review

Powerful and Scalable Data Storage

Who working in IT today never heard of Big Data or NoSQL moniker? Barely there are few. No wonder all the publishers emit books on this topic at a high rate. But then it puzzles the consumer, what book to choose?

MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition by Kristina Chodorow is my 2nd best read of year 2014. More on that later.

But why MongoDB? The answer is simple, it seems to be the most widely adopted NoSQL store. Even if you do not regularly follow technical news articles be aware that MongoDB runs and supported on many platforms, from Linux of any flavour to Windows Azure (Cloud OS), it has recently joined forces with Cloudera to grow even further, and stronger. 

What actually makes MongoDB standing out of a crowd of probably 150 other NoSQL offerings? In my view this is for MongoDB having an easy to understand implementation, ease of sharding and scaling out, JSON/JavaScript powered queries familiar to Web-scale developers and it auto load-balancing. 

But users need to master it. This is especially true for such rapidly being developed product. So a book like this makes perfect sense to have (note: I am not affiliated with O’Reilly). 

So back to why I liked this book very much? It is due to a variety of reasons, but I list only the following three that influenced my opinion the most:

1) Reading it feels like this book becomes your technical friend, a guide or companion;

2) Even for a non-technical reader, or who is new to NoSQL data stores this book does not bring with it any steep learning curves, it submerges one into NoSQL craft gradually, and

3) Lastly, the book provides enough intricate insight into making one a MongoDB gate keeper, mature pro, or just a go-to guy.

So, what will you learn?

From basic shell commands to creating documents, from querying to performance tuning, then to replication and load balancing, recovering from peculiar situations, to finally preserving your data and ensuring integrity.

I think this is enough to succeed, indeed at 400 pagers this is a brilliant 2nd edition by Kristina Chodorow!

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Posted on May 26, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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