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NoSQL and Attribute Value Pairs - Any suggestions? Expand / Collapse
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Posted Friday, April 26, 2013 5:29 AM
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Hi All

I'm not really sure this is the right sub forum but since the question is sort of design related it seemed my best shot. Come to think of it, SQLServerCentral might be the wrong forum entirely but I reckon there's probably more than enough cross-over knowledge floating around here to make you guys a useful source of ideas.

I've always been intrigued by the idea of the attribute value pairs pattern and the flexibility it would offer in making a highly configurable product. I'm well aware of the implementation problems that come with trying to implement it in a relational database (so no need to hit me with a bunch of responses as to why it's a bad idea) but have read that NoSQL platforms are far better suited to it. Basically, I think I'd like to try it out and see how I get on but I have no experience whatsoever of NoSQL platforms.

Has anyone here ever tried implementing AVP using a NoSQL DB and how was the experience? What were the wins? What were the pifalls?

Can anyone recommend a decent platform to pick? I'm primarily a .Net developer so am steering towards MongoDB at the moment, particularly as it's free and open source. (This is for "home"projects so I really can't afford to be paying enterprise level fees). I've asked on developer forums and MongoDB seems to be the general consensus but it's always worth hearing more voices.

Any other warning/tales of woe/pre-learned lessons that anyone can provide?
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Posted Friday, April 26, 2013 6:17 AM
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No Sql is good, all depends on your requirement.
Try Cassandra too(might be better supportive for JAVA though).
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Posted Sunday, April 28, 2013 2:53 AM
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Thanks for the feedback. I hadn't looked at Cassandra so will take a lok.
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If you want a pure key-value store, have you looked at Redis (http://redis.io)?

It basically responds to commands like:
SET key value

...and
GET key

There is a nice online demo at http://try.redis.io/, where you can try out the basics.
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