Something also tells me that you don't have a particularly good use case for a document database or the kinds of traffic that makes these decisions "have to's" instead of "because I read a blog on it." In short, "MongoDB doesn't run on my netbook" doesn't mean that it sucks.
Much of the recent anti-buzz sounds like the same stuff from about a year ago when some dude who courageously posted anonymously on pastebin said:
Our team did serious load on MongoDB on a large (10s of millions of users, high profile company) userbase, expecting, from early good experiences, that the long-term scalability benefits touted by 10gen would pan out. We were wrong, and this rant serves to deter you from believing those benefits and making the same mistake we did. If one person avoids the trap, it will have been worth writing. Hopefully, many more do.
What follows is a scathing indictment of MongoDB. However, the CTO of 10gen refuted it all -- and shortly afterward, the poster confessed he was a troll spreading misinformation.
The right tool for the job
Last week I gave a talk at CouchConf in San Francisco. It was basically a 40-minute live version of my "Which freaking database should I use?" article introducing people to the NoSQL landscape. I was afraid it would be lightly attended, since I assumed everyone at a conference on CouchBase (also a document database) would be familiar with the different types of databases and their use cases. But the talk was not only well attended, lots of folks were there taking notes and pictures. My concern is that a number of people are trying NoSQL databases and reaching disillusionment without either understanding the proper use case for the type of database they are choosing or without the help they need in changing their development paradigm.
My intention was to troll as many hipsters as possible and make them a little more aware of how easy to manipulate they are, without even providing the slightest bit of evidence. It cracks me up that there are startups out there right now, making foolish architecture decisions based on the FUD I'm spreading. Start thinking for yourself!
In other words, take these blogs with a bucket of salt and make sure you understand the technology before using it on a critical project. If you don't heed this advice, some writer for Infoworld on a short deadline in a slow news week might decide to ridicule you!
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