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NoSQL for Java developers

  • May 16, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • UCL, Christopher Ingold Building

NoSQL for Java Developers

This event brings together a panel of innovators and early adopters, both practitioners and vendors.  Between them they have decades of experience using SQL.  Yet they are all now depending upon NoSQL to achieve their goals.  They will share with us their reasons and the lessons they have learnt; both the benefits and the pitfalls...

The panel includes:
Alistair Jones of Neo4j
Alvin Richars of 10gen
Robert Rees of Wakoku
Kim Ross of Bossa Studios
The evening will be curated by Manik Surtani of Red Hat.

Are you considering NoSQL? You should be if you don't want to be left behind.  These new technologies are seriously disrupting the software development landscape.  They offer competitive advantage by allowing faster development and elastic, scalable deployment onto low cost hardware.

Are you planning to adopt a NoSQL product? You need to be careful.  These cutting edge products are developing fast but they still have a long way to go before they can match the mature support provided by the well established relational databases.  Some of the features developers are accustomed to, such as ACID transactions, may never be provided.

Are you well informed about NoSQL? You need to be if you want to make the right decisions, seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges.  The NoSQL landscape is complex and difficult to understand.  There is talk of key-value stores, column families, semi-structured documents, eventual-consistency, nodes and edges.  What does it all mean?  What are the implications of choosing one thing over another?

This event will make you better informed about NoSQL.

Across the whole panel we have knowledge and experience across a range of NoSQL technologies.


Alistair Jones is Software Engineer at Neo Technology, the commercial backers of Neo4j, the JVM-based graph database.  Alistair is a member of the kernel team for Neo4j, so has a deep understanding of what makes a graph database so powerful.  Before joining Neo Technology, Alistair spent many years writing business software, leading technical teams and consulting on software architecture.  This gives him a good view of where and how to apply NOSQL technologies in real applications.

Alvin Richards is the European Senior Technical Director at 10gen, the developers and supporters of MongoDB.  He has decades of industry experience, including several years at Oracle.  Working on Mongo DB allows him to do what he most enjoys: building great teams who build great products that challenge the status quo.

Robert Rees of Wazoku uses CouchDB. At Wazoku, they help bring about change by putting people and ideas together. They need to be flexible rather than prescriptive about how people capture ideas so they prefer using document datastores.

Kim Ross of Bossa Studios uses Cassandra to help make games that people love playing.  After the painful experience of sharding an RDBMS she took the time to evaluate the NoSQL alternatives before settling on Cassandra.  Kim will be able to say from experience what Cassandra is good for and where it falls short.

Manik Surtani is the specification lead for JSR347, an API for interacting with in-memory and disk-based distributed data grids.

Please Note

This event will be held in the Christopher Ingold XLG1 Lecture Theatre which is in the chemistry department. The Christopher Ingold building is off Gordon Street, WC1H 0AJ

Please look at this map for specific location -,-0.132179&spn=0.017542,0.05549&sll=51.53663,-0.071592&sspn=0.140303,0.443916&hnear=London+WC1H+0AJ,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=15

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  • Joshua W.

    Loved the event. It was really useful and practical.

    I would have loved to back up just one more step though : "What is NoSQL?", instead of getting to the core of it straight away.

    May 18, 2012

  • Graham Z.

    not enough structure. didn't learn much.

    May 17, 2012

  • Justin H.

    A Good event. A direct comparison of strengths and weaknesses across different flavours of NoSQL (Graph, Document, Key-Value, Column Family) would have been clearer, along with code samples or diagrams.

    May 17, 2012

  • Danish

    Good experienced mix of panel members. Would have been useful if we could have compared a simple data model in e.g. cassandra and an RDBMS through a visual example.

    May 17, 2012

  • Martin D.

    Interesting discussion of the characteristics of NoSQL databases from those with real experience.

    May 17, 2012

  • Jasandeep s.

    Talk on NoSql was interesting to listen as I am looking for alternative to RMDS DB in our project , but l.would like to see some slides and graphical representation examples.
    In all, got some reference for where to look for our future need.

    May 17, 2012

  • Martijn V.

    Really good panel, lots of realistic insights.

    May 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Professional and good technical speakers

    May 17, 2012

  • Andrey P.

    Really good format and lots of useful information.

    May 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    should have been more detailed, with real examples, live demostrations

    May 17, 2012

  • Chris K.

    Sadly could not make this at all.

    I am very interested, so I'd like to paraphrase Jason Wright's question:-

    Is there a link to a video of the event somewhere?

    May 16, 2012

  • Barry C.

    Sorry I couldn't make the post event drinks, I hope Laurence looked after everyone. Thanks to all the speakers, hosts and everyone that made the event possible, hope you all enjoyed it - feedback would be great

    May 16, 2012

  • Barry C. to register for Cloudstock as part of the Jambox promotion

    May 16, 2012

  • Jason W.

    Hi, don't think I can make this. Will it be filmed by any chance?

    May 15, 2012

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