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I expected this… But just not this soon…

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So I’ve been expecting to run into the limitations of a RDBMS for a while. For example, in my models a Person and an Organization only have one image related for each one. But I’ve recently run into a person, Charles Knight and an organization Phthisis Diagnostics which each turn out to have two accounts on the YouNoodle site with different logo images. Therefore the YouNoodle indexer was constantly reporting that a change had been made “1 person updated. 1 organization updated.” because the images had differing urls! For Phthisis Diagnostics both logos where the same image, so I started putting in a detector to see if there was a difference, and then to use the differing image. But Charles actually has two different images! So now I am stuck with logic that says “only populate the image if it isn’t already set”, instead of grabbing that extra bit of data because I only have a single column to put an image in!

What’s interesting is that I think what really has happened is that Charles and PHthisis Diagnostics both ran into issues setting up their accounts with YouNoodle, and probably didn’t mean to have two accounts! HighTechCville as a data integrity checker!

I know I could have a link to a table of images, the same way that I do for tags and links. However then soon every column in my RDBMS turns into its’ own table! So it may be time to start looking at some unstructured data sources…. However, I like SQL… And I hopefully don’t lose all the power of SQL when I move to a unstructured datastore….

Any suggestions on Rails friendly NoSQL solutions?

Eric

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Written by Eric

January 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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  1. It sounds more like the presumptions of the data schema was proved wrong – I know I’ve been surprised by what I thought was a “has one” attribute that ends up as a “has many” attribute.

    Not a rails guy, but sounds like a good question for stackoverflow.com, which I’ve taken a liking to for the quality of its participants.

    Joe Crawford

    January 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm


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