CHAPTER 1

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Three Database Revolutions

Fantasy. Lunacy.

All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.

—Scott Cook

This book is about a third revolution in database technology. The first revolution was driven by the emergence of the electronic computer, and the second revolution by the emergence of the relational database. The third revolution has resulted in an explosion of nonrelational database alternatives driven by the demands of modern applications that require global scope and continuous availability.  In ...

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