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TPDP Episode #22: NoSQL Databases And The Flexibility Of A Non-Relational Model

I am pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast is now available for download. In this episode titled, NoSQL Databases and the Flexibility of a Non-Relational Model, I’m joined by Matt Groves where we talk about use-cases for NoSQL versus relational databases and how to use NoSQL in your own applications.

Matt Groves and I used to work together at Couchbase, which is a NoSQL database company, and is by no means the focus of this episode. The focus is NoSQL in general and all the great things that you can do with it.

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Create A URL Shortener With Golang And Couchbase NoSQL

Continuing down the road of Golang development I thought it would be a cool learning example to develop a URL shortener application similar to that of TinyURL or Bitly. I think these are great examples because not only does it teach you how to develop a RESTful API that uses a datasource, but it also challenges you to think critically when it comes to the algorithms.

Previously I had written about creating a URL shortener using my other favorite server-side technology, Node.js, but the languages are so different that it makes sense to try the same with the Go programming language. In this example we’re going to create an application that makes use of Golang, Couchbase, and a few other project dependencies.

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Using Couchbase Server In A Golang Web Application

Not too long ago I wrote an article regarding how to create a RESTful API using the Go programming language, but in it I only used mock data rather than an actual database. What happens if we want to use a database with Golang? What database, or more importantly, what kind of database should be used? Most APIs transfer data in JSON format, so it might make sense to store data in the same format. This means that a relational database might not make sense. Instead, NoSQL databases fit quite well when it comes to RESTful APIs. A popular NoSQL database that stores data in JSON format is the open source Couchbase Server.

We’re going to take a look at how to include Couchbase Server into our RESTful web application written in the Go programming language.

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Backing Up And Restoring Data In Couchbase Server

Recently I found myself needing to copy data from one Couchbase Server cluster to another. More specifically I needed to copy production data to my local instance so I could play around with it. This could be accomplished by backing up and restoring remote data in my local instance.

The problem is that I had never done this before.

Now I know what you’re thinking, doesn’t this guy work for Couchbase? The answer is yes, but I very rarely work with production data or find myself in this scenario.

We’re going to take a look at backing up and restoring Couchbase bucket data.

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