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The Best of the Week (Jan. 3): NoSQL Zone

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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the NoSQL Zone (Jan. 3 to Jan. 9). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Why Cassandra is No Good for ETL

According to this recent blog post, Cassandra is no good for ETL. That's not to say that Cassandra is not good at all - the author is a current Cassandra user and has good to say about it - but the author takes issue with the perception of Cassandra as a do-all replacement for something like MySQL.

2. SQL and NoSQL are Really Just Two Sides of the Same Coin

In a recent debate about NoSQL vs. SQL on Hackernews, the author was made aware of an amusing paper by Erik Meijer and Gavin Bierman. What they are claiming in their article is the fact that SQL and NoSQL are duals of each other, i.e. two sides of the same coin.

3. The Top 10 Articles of 2013: NoSQL Zone

Rather than the best of the week this week, let's see the most popular articles NoSQL had to offer in 2013. The year's best include 5 things for Java developers to consider, an aptly-titled critique of blogs that attack popular tech simply for the sake of the clicks, Martin Fowler's introduction to NoSQL, and much more.

4. Modelling Hierarchical Data with RavenDB

A very common requirement with any database engine is to be able to store and query hierarchical data. While RavenDB applications need to solve this kind of problem, a good solution often times looks very different from what you'd expect.

5. What Comes After NoSQL?

According to this recent article, there are changes to come for NoSQL databases. The article looks at the origins of NoSQL - MongoDB in particular - and its reasons for existing, but the central argument is that there is an increasing and still-unmet need for performance to match the scalability of NoSQL databases.

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