InfoWorld review: Databases primed for social networks
Neo4j, Cassandra, and FluidDB represent a breed of databases that swiftly search social networking dataFollow @peterwayner
The NoSQL field is attracting a great deal of interest, and the techniques used with Cassandra can easily be applied to any of the other NoSQL databases emerging. All of the energy put into adding speed to these tools will benefit anyone who wants to save query time by denormalizing the data before storing. The technique is so powerful I'm expecting that tools for pre-computing these JOINs should be added to the systems soon enough. This will save programmers the trouble of writing the loops themselves and will even open the door to more optimization later on.
All of this means the kind of people who need people -- the kind that Barbra Streisand once sang about -- are the luckiest people once again. They'll have many faster solutions for finding the people who need people and, in turn, the people who need people who need people, and the people who need people who need people who need people and so on and so on. And it'll all be done with one call to a database.
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