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OrientDB Community Still Showing Signs of Life

01.17.2012
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OrientDB, a NoSQL database management system written entirely in Java, is finally gaining some much deserved traction.  A recent OrientDB Google groups post welcomed Luca Molino and Andrey Lomakin as the first two commeitters to the open source project.  The Orient team recognizes that . . .

The most common [reason] why applications scale-out [is so bad], [is due to] the database. [The] database is the bottleneck of most of applications. OrientDB scales out very well on a single machine. A single server [of OrientDB handles the same] work [as] about 125 servers running MySQL. --OrientDB Project

It's surprising to find that the project's long history still hasn't culminated in a production-ready tool (according to Alex Popescu, OrientDB is still considered experimental).

According to the Orient website, the original engine was developed in C++ back in 1998, and has since grown into its new, "totally rewritten" Java version.  This new version combines features from an array of sources, including Object Databases, Graph DBMS and cutting edge NoSQL engines.  This results in a very fast, easily installed DBMS.  For those wanting to learn more about OrientDB, the team has put together an in-depth wiki.
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Eric Samson replied on Tue, 2012/01/17 - 3:52am

I remember OrientDB positioned as pure ODBMS in the past. When XML was hype some ODBMS vendors tried to reposition themselves as "XML DBs". With no real success. NoSQL covers a wide range of databases. I'm curious to see how ODBMS can deal with that. I see no particular issue from the technical point of view, but I'm not sure about all the other aspects. Ciao, Erix.

Alfonso Focareta replied on Tue, 2012/01/17 - 4:46am

I follow habitually orientdb community and, although it lacked the absence of other committers officials, the community is very active and there are many contributors. If you read the notes on the website of Alex Popesku (on the post that is dated over a year ago), says about orientdb : " still active project probably counting a couple of production deployments." I believe that an article published in a section whose sponsor is a competitor of OrientDb is not above the parties ...but this is my view.

Luca Garulli replied on Tue, 2012/01/17 - 5:05am

Hey, OrientDB is far to be "experimental" since it's used in production by several users, someone since more than 1 year. About the ODBMS story the main project page tells:

But wasn't OrientDB a ODBMS?

Orient ODBMS was the very first version of the Orient engine developed in C++ in 1998. Today OrientDB has been totally rewritten in Java under the form of a Document database but with the previous main goal: performance. However now you can find the Object Database, but it's a wrapper built on top of the Document Database. It maps transparently OrientDB document records with POJOs.

Mitch Pronschinske replied on Tue, 2012/01/17 - 5:02pm in response to: Luca Garulli

I had my doubts about the "experimental" status as well.  But it seems like OrientDB is still in the process of maturing (or at least growing) as a project and a community it seems, judging by the fact that the project has been around (even in it's rewritten form) for a while now and it just got its first two official committers. 

That's not to say it can't be used in production.  As others have mentioned, I think people are unaware that OrientDB does have some production users.  I think the Javalobby audience should definitely be aware of OrientDB and the unique opportunities it provides. 

Luca Garulli replied on Tue, 2012/01/17 - 7:47pm in response to: Mitch Pronschinske

For those that think OrientDB community is born yesterday I can say that it has more than 15 contributors (8 the most actives) that in the last 2 years have contributed with several patches, new implementations and modules. Look at the Issue tracker.

Till some days ago all the changes were committed always by the Project Leader (me) because the review of the code was mandatory to always guarantee the best performance and usage of low memory. Not all the developers give the same importance to the performance, but in OrientDB project it's a must.

What is changed in the last days is that the two new committers (Luca and Andrey) after more than 1 year of experience working every day inside the OrientDB Engine and more than 30 contributions sent each (!) they earned the committer role.

Not all the Open Source projects have the same value for the "committer" role :-)

Mark Unknown replied on Tue, 2012/01/17 - 9:22pm

"It's surprising to find that the project's long history still hasn't culminated in a production-ready tool "

Some people just have higher standards than others. I remember about 10 years ago an XML/Object binder, I think it was Castor, that went years before it reached 1.0. But it still was production ready and well used in production.

One thing I would like to see is a Spring Data project for OrientDB. I want to be able to do the same sorts of things are being done for Neo4J. When i get to a point where i am going to use a Graph DB (or Document DB), and there isn't anything in Spring Data still, I guess I will have to pull my weight and jump in.

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