[Phpwm] Going OT - Re: Non-Relational Databases

elliot at townx.org elliot at townx.org
Wed Feb 25 12:48:23 UTC 2009

I should have said, you can get free developer stores on Talis Platform to
muck about with RDF:


Sorry for the blatant plug, but if you want to play with RDF, it could be a
simple way to get started.


On Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:22:58 -0600, <elliot at townx.org> wrote:
> Hello Alex,
> On Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:25:16 +0000, Alex Mace <alex at hollytree.co.uk>
> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Has anyone played around with any of the non-relational databases that
>> seem to be getting a bit trendy? I'm thinking of things like Apache
>> CouchDB, Amazon SimpleDB, Google BigTable (part of the App Engine I
>> believe?).
> Not any of the "trendy" ones, but I do work everyday with the Talis
> Platform, a big old RDF store:
> http://www.talis.com/platform/index.shtml
> We use it as the back-end for our library catalogue software:
> http://talis.com/prism/.
> I have to say working with these things is a lot more cumbersome than
> RDBMSs: there are fewer decent object to "freaky database" mapping
> barring things like Jena for Java. There is ARC for RDF for PHP, probably
> similar stuff for CouchDB (I know there's a Ruby library for that one).
> But
> the old fashioned RDBMS just has much better, standardised tool support.
> Unless you really think you can't do it with a RDBMS, I'd say adding
> exotic
> stuff to your app. will probably slow you down.
> Elliot
>> I've only ever worked with or been taught about relational
>> databases and I'm wondering what, if any, benefits these could give
>> me. I've got an inkling that they're useful for storing and querying
>> large amounts of arbitary data. Perhaps something thats useful for
>> data mining?
>> Thoughts?
>> Alex
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