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Lucas White

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Structured Query language (SQL) 

SQL database is a domain-specific programming language used for managing, and designing data stored in a relational database management system (RDBMS). Also, it is used for stream processing in RDBMS. Relational databases use relations (typically called tables) to store data and match that particular data by using common characteristics within that dataset.

sql vs nosql

SQL often pronounced as “S-Q-L” or “See-Quel” is the standard language for dealing with Relational Databases invented in 1974 and is still going strong with their latest released version in 2016.  It is particularly useful in handling structured data which is data incorporating relations among entities and variables.

A relational database defines relationships in the form of tables and SQL is effectively used to insert, search, update, delete database records.

Database

SQL database is originally based on Relational Algebra and Tuple relational calculus consisting of various types of statements. These statements can also be classified as sublanguages, called: A Data query language (DQL),  Data Definition Language (DDL), a Data Control Language (DCL), and a Data Manipulation Language (DML).

Schema For SQL

Schema in SQL is a template/ a pattern that describes qualities regarding the information a database will store.

Specifically, it describes:

  • Type – Type of information refers to a specific piece of information and general attributes of that particular information. For example, integers can be positive or negative and they don’t have a fractional part. This piece of information about their characteristics makes a huge difference in the way they are being efficiently stored.
  • Size – The size of each piece of information determines how much space it will occupy in the database. Although the price of storage has come down, still it is not practical to leave an infinite storage space. This information is recognized at the designing stage when building and maintenance of databases happen.
  • Organization – It refers to how the information is grouped and stored as per the user’s convenience and intended use at a particular point in time. Organization of information is stored in such a way that it is on a priority basis and unused or to be used later information is stored separately, making it a comfortable experience for the user.

SQL provides an organized and systematic approach to accessing information through various methods like:

  • Data query
  • Data manipulations (insert, update and delete),
  • Data definition (schema creation and modification),
  • Data access control

Although the SQL database is essentially a declarative language, it includes procedural elements also.

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Scalability

Scalability is the ability of a system, network, or process, to handle a growing amount of work in an efficient manner or its ability to be enlarged to accommodate that growth. In other words, we can say that it is the ability of a system to optimize its performance level as per the requirement of the system at that stage.

EXAMPLES


Few examples of relational databases using SQL are:-

  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft SQL server
  • Sybase
  • Ingres
  • Access
  • Postgres

Model-

ACID is a concept that is generally used by database professionals for the evaluation of databases and application architectures in the SQL database model to ensure that data is stored in a safe, consistent and robust manner

Here, ACID stands for-

A- Atomicity -Atomicity is an all-or-none proposition. During such transactions between two information either all is saved or none is saved.

C- Consistency The data saved can’t violate any of the database’s integrity.  Interrupted changes are rolled back to ensure the database is placed in a state prior to the change.

I- Isolation – The transaction does not get affected by any other transactions which are happening at other places, this avoids “mid-air collisions.”

D- Durability– Once the transaction happens, any failure or system restart returns the data in an absolute correct form.  Regardless of subsequent system failure, its state remains unaffected.

For a reliable database, all these four attributes should be achieved.

Usage- Which jobs use SQL?

SQL statements are used to perform tasks such as updating and retrieval of data on a database.

A job is a specified series of operations that are sequentially performed by SQL Server Agent. A job performs a wide range of activities, including running Transact- SQL scripts, Command prompt applications, Microsoft ActiveX scripts, Integration Services packages, Analysis Services commands, and queries, or Replication task.

Pros

  • High speed– Using the SQL queries, the user can quickly and efficiently retrieve a larger amount of data from a database.
  • No coding needed– In the standard SQL, it is very easy to manage the database without any substantial coding requirements.
  • Well defined standards– Long established ISO and ANSI standards are strictly followed.
  • Portability– It offers great ease to use in PCs, laptops, servers and even some mobile phones.

Interactive language SQL is used to communicate with greater ease in answering complex queries in a database.

Cons

Along with some benefits, the SQL database comes with certain limitations/ disadvantages:

  • Difficult Interface– SQL has a complex interface making it difficult for the users to access it.
  • Partial Control– Users don’t get full control over the database because of the hidden business rules.
  • Implementation– Some of the databases go to the proprietary extensions to standard SQL for ensuring the vendor lock-in.
  • Cost– The operating cost of a few SQL versions makes it difficult for users to use it.

The average salary of SQL Developer:-

The average annual salary for any SQL developer in the USA is $84,328.

No Sql

NoSQL is a non-relational database management system, that does not require a fixed schema, avoids joins, and is easy to scale. NoSQL database is used for distributed data stores with humongous data storage needs.

NoSQL stands for “not only SQL,” or “Not SQL” an alternative to traditional relational databases where data is placed in tables and schema is carefully designed before the database is built.

A NoSQL database is self-describing, so it does not require a schema. Also, it does not enforce relations between tables in all cases. All its documents are JSON documents, which are complete entities and one can readily read and understand.

A NoSQL database system encompasses a wide range of database technologies that can store structured, semi-structured, unstructured and polymorphic data.

Nosql

NoSQL’ refers to high-performance, non-relational databases that utilize a wide variety of data models. These databases are highly recognized for their ease-of-use, scalable performance, strong resilience, and wide availability.

Database

According to Wikipedia “A NoSQL database provides a mechanism for storage and retrieval of data that is modeled in means other than the tabular relations used in relational databases.”

what is no sql database

NoSql is a cloud-friendly approach to employ for your applications.

Schema For NoSql

The formal definition of a database schema is a set of formulas or sentences called “Integrity constraints” imposed on a database.

NoSql
NOSql SCHEMA

The term “schema” refers to the organization of data as a blueprint of how the database is constructed, construction here refers to the division of database tables in case of relational databases.

Scalability

NoSQL databases are horizontally scalable, which means they can handle increased traffic needs immediately, simply by adding more servers to the database. ‘NoSQL’ databases have the ability to become larger and more powerful, making them a preferred choice for larger or constantly evolving data sets.


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Examples

Presenting here a list of top 4 NoSQL Databases with their uses:

Model

‌NoSQL relies upon a softer model known as the BASE model. Here BASE stands for (Basically Available, Soft state, Eventual consistency).

Basically Available: Guarantees the availability of the data.

Usage

NoSQL is used for Big data and real-time web apps.

Pros

No SQL provides ease in availability with rich query language and easy scalability. The following are the main advantages of NoSql databases.

  • Elastic scaling

RDBMS might not scale out easily for commodity clusters, but the new versions of the “NoSQL database” are designed to expand transparently to take benefits from new nodes.

  • Big data

To combat the growing needs of the volumes of data that are being stored, RDBMS capacity has been increased to match these massive volumes. But with transaction rates, constraints of data volumes that can be practically managed by a single RDBMS is getting difficult to handle by organizations/ enterprises worldwide. NoSql systems provide a solution to all this by handling bigger data needs as displayed in Hadoop.

Cons

Every database has certain advantages and some disadvantages as well, listing here a few of the major NoSql limitations:

  • Less Community Support
  • Standardization
  • Interfaces and Interoperability

Average Salary Of NoSql Developer:-

The average annual salary for a NoSql developer in the USA is $72,174.

Major Differences To Understand in SQL and NoSql Database As Per Business Needs

To understand which is the best data management system between Sql Vs NoSql databases for your organization, we must identify the needs of our business and then make an informed decision. In database technology, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, so it is recommended to analyze SQL Vs NoSql and then decide.

Many businesses rely on both relational and nonrelational databases for different tasks, as NoSQL databases win in speed, safety, cost, and scalability, whereas the SQL database is preferred when the highly structured database is required.

sql vs nosql difference table

One of the key differentiators is that NoSQL is column-oriented, non-relational distributed databases whereas RDBMS is the row-oriented relational database. Also, they are differentiated on the basis of built, type of information they store and how they store

Relational databases are structured, like phone books and Non-relational databases are document-oriented, distributed, like file folders that store everything from a person’s address and phone number to their Facebook and online shopping preferences etc.


pros and cons of sql nosql

The major point of differences in Sql Vs NoSql databases are:

  1. Language– One of the major differences among the SQL database and NoSQL databases is the language. SQL databases use Structured Query Language for defining and manipulating data, making it a widely-used and extremely versatile database. But, it makes it a restrictive language also. SQL requires ‘predefined schemas’ to determine the structure of the data before the user starts working with it. A ‘NoSQL database’ requires a dynamic schema for unstructured data and the data is stored in many different ways, whether it is graph-based, document-oriented, column-oriented, or organized as a KeyValue store. This extreme flexibility in the ‘NoSql database’ allows the user to create documents without having to carefully plan beforehand and define their structure. It gives the flexibility to add fields as you go and vary the syntax from one database to another. It also provides the freedom to give each document its own unique structure.

2. Scalability– Another big difference between SQL and NoSQL is their scalability. In most SQL databases, they are vertically scalable, which means that you can increase the load on a single server by increasing components like RAM, SSD, or CPU. In contrast, NoSQL databases are horizontally scalable, which means that they can handle increased traffic simply by adding more servers to the database. NoSQL databases have the ability to become larger and much more powerful, making them the preferred choice for large or constantly evolving data sets.

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3. Community– Because of the SQL’s advanced and mature useful features in the database management, it has a much stronger, huge and developed community as compared to ‘NoSQL’. Although, NoSQL is growing rapidly its community is not big enough and well defined in comparison to SQL, because it’s relatively new.

4. Structure– Finally in SQL vs NoSQL differences, an important difference in their structures. SQL databases are table-based considered a good option for multi-row transactions like in accounting systems or legacy systems that are built on relational structure. NoSQL databases are key-value pairs, wide-column stores, graph databases, or document-based in structure

List Of Top Companies Using SQL:

  • Hootsuite
  • Gauges
  • CircleCI

List Of Top Companies Using NoSQL:

  • Uber
  • Airbnb
  • Kickstarter

Conclusion:

One of the most important decisions for your businesses is what database to go for as per the requirement. Many times it so happens that businesses require both the databases at various stages of an application. The onus is on the developer to recognize the right database for a certain application and deploy it as per the need on the basis of query and scalability needs.

  • SQL databases are suitable for transactional data where structural change is not required frequently or does not happen at all. Also, data integrity and durability is of paramount importance. Additionally, it is found useful for faster analytical queries.
  • NoSQL databases provide better flexibility and scalability yielding high performance with high availability. Also, it is better for big data and real-time web applications.

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