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Is MongoDB a Good Alternative to RDBMs Databases?

Gijs Mollema summarizes the lessons learned after attending Brendan McAdams’ MongoDB workshop at Devoxx—embedded below:

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and the features of this product. […] Of course, using a NoSQL technology like MongoDB involves some trade-offs and a different mindset than the traditional RDBMS. The main advantages as mentioned before are flexibility, scalability and performance. As the noSQL principle looks promising it is not (yet) the holy grail and therefor currently cannot replace the RDBMs for each situation. It is a different type of database which can be a solution, based on the requirements of the situation. It will not replace RDBMs databases but it I reckon it might run well side-by-side in the future (delegating model / functionality at which MongoDB is good at).

The only thing that made me wonder is how having no sql or hibernate queries (complex joins) could be seen as an advantage?

For reference, below’s Brendan McAdams’ presentation:

Original title and link: Is MongoDB a Good Alternative to RDBMs Databases? (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

via: http://blog.iprofs.nl/2011/11/25/is-mongodb-a-good-alternative-to-rdbms-databases-like-oracle-and-mysql/