Google Cloud Datastore

One of the services available to App Engine developers is Google Cloud Datastore, a NoSQL document database built for automatic scaling and high performance. Its limited featureset guarantees very high scale, but understanding the caveats and best practices is vital to a successful project.

Denormalizing data

Developers with experience of relational databases (RDBMS) will often aim to reduce data redundancy (trying to have each piece of data appear only once in their database) by normalizing data, spreading it across many tables, and adding references (foreign keys) before joining it back via a query to build a complete picture. In schemaless and NoSQL databases, we tend to do the opposite. We denormalize data so that each ...

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