Chapter 1. A database for the modern web
This chapter covers
- MongoDB’s history, design goals, and key features
- A brief introduction to the shell and drivers
- Use cases and limitations
- Recent changes in MongoDB
If you’ve built web applications in recent years, you’ve probably used a relational database as the primary data store. If you’re familiar with SQL, you might appreciate the usefulness of a well-normalized data model, the necessity of transactions, and the assurances provided by a durable storage engine. Simply put, the relational database is mature and well-known. When developers start advocating alternative datastores, questions about the viability and utility of these new technologies arise. Are these new datastores replacements ...
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