Couchbase 4.0 review: The Swiss Army knife of NoSQL

Hybrid document-oriented, key-value database brings easy, ad hoc queries into the mix with a SQL-like query language

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At a Glance
  • Couchbase Server 4.0

    Couchbase Server brings document-orientation, a performant key-value architecture, and the comfort of SQL under one umbrella to enable flexible approaches, sometimes at the cost of clarity.

Couchbase Server, similar to MongoDB and RethinkDB, is a document-oriented distributed database, but that description sells it a good deal short. Couchbase is what you get when a distributed key-value store and a document database join forces -- literally.

With direct and immediate ties to both Membase and CouchDB, Couchbase Server takes the best of both worlds and jams them into a single product. It's even added structured queries to the mix. With the recent release of version 4.0, the open source database takes a big leap forward in usability with the introduction of the SQL-like N1QL query language.

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