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assertTrue( ) Techno-cruft from around the Web, plus really pithy observations about Java and other future legacy technologies. Yes, pithy I say.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 NoSQL Required Reading I've been trying to follow the fast-moving world of NoSQL lately, and -- like a visit to the carnival funhouse -- it has left me with double vision, queasy stomach, and a staggering gait. (And it's not even Saturday morning...) Yet I find myself coming back for more.

If you're new to NoSQL, you'll want to do a bit of background reading. I'll keep this quick and limit my recommendations to just the essentials:

  1. The Amazon Dynamo paper is classic. Almost everyone in the NoSQL world has read this paper.

  2. Google's Bigtable paper. Again, very widely read.

  3. Werner Vogels's "Eventually Consistent" (originally published in ACM Queue) is absolutely the one article you should read if you're not clear on the rationale behind "eventual consistency."

  4. Brewer's CAP Theorem (a foundational b

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