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Seven Databases in Seven Weeks by Jim R. Wilson, Eric Redmond

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Day 1: CRUD, Links, and MIMEs

You can download and install a build of Riak provided by Basho[10] (the company that funds its development), but we actually prefer to build this one since you get some preconfigured examples. If you really don’t want to build it, just install a prebuilt version, and then grab the source code and extract the example dev servers. Erlang[11] is also required to run Riak (R14B03 or greater).

Building Riak from source requires three things: Erlang, the source code, and general Unix build tools like Make. Installing Erlang is easy enough (you’ll also need Erlang for CouchDB in Chapter 6, CouchDB), though it can take a while. We get the Riak source from its repository (link available via the Basho website—if you don’t ...

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