Michael J. Swart

March 24, 2017


Filed under: SQLServerPedia Syndication — Michael J. Swart @ 9:56 am

It’s difficult to say anything meaningful about this topic. I can’t think of another topic that requires the phrase “it depends” more. And it’s true for a number of reasons.

  • You can’t compare them without context.
  • You can’t say one is better than the other. That would be like asking which is better, a dump truck or a Ferrari? It depends on what you need to do (go fast or haul dirt?) and whether you have trained people who can use those machines.

  • SQL and NoSQL aren’t really well-defined.
  • They simply aren’t. In fact, I can’t even really tell you which vehicle represents SQL and which represents NoSQL.

But I’m going to give it a shot anyway.

I’m Presenting “SQL vs. NoSQL” March 28, 2017 (Next Tuesday) in Kitchener

I’m excited to be invited to the next KW Big Data Peer2Peer meetup.
I’ll be giving a presentation called “All about SQL vs. NoSQL: A comparison of relational and non-relational data”. If you’re in town I’d love to see you there!

We’ll explore what things typically characterize SQL:

  • Normalization
  • ACID properties
  • Declarative query language, Query optimizers, write-ahead logs
  • What do you get for free in SQL? What things get awkward?

And of course, by contrast, we’ll talk about non-relational data and other data stores that break those rules.

It should be fun! I hope to see you there.


  1. I don’t suppose there will be a recording that is out-of-towners can watch after the fact? If not, maybe you’re willing to post your slides?

    Comment by Aaron Cooper — March 24, 2017 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Sure, I’ll share a link when I have that available

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — March 28, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

  3. It’s sad that I will be missing this awesome talk.

    Comment by Wei — March 25, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

  4. Well, the jury is out on how awesome it will be 🙂

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — March 28, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

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