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Chapter 1: Welcome to Distributed Computing!
Chapter 2: Understanding Sharding
Chapter 3: Setting Up a Cluster
Chapter 4: Working With a Cluster
Chapter 5: Administration
Chapter 6: Further Reading
Posted April 7, 2011
The ebook weighs in at 64 pages. You can get a dead-tree copy via print on demand, but I recommend against it. Sharding in mongodb is a moving target. For example, right around publication time, the default chunk size of shards was changed from 200MB to 64MB. Therefore, if you rushed out and bought a print on demand copy, you would end up being stuck with a paper with that wrong piece of information. Ebook owners however can download an updated copy.
The writing style in the book is very matter of fact, and quite readable. It takes a certain talent to be able to use terms like cardinality and illustrate sharding with interval notation without sounding unnecessarily academic. Kristina demonstrates said talent here.
My one complaint about the book is that it does not discuss the problems with running the shard server on windows. However, as Kristina pointed out to me on twitter, the book also does not deal with writing init.d or upstart scripts for mongos on unix, so windows is not being singled out here.
However, my one complaint, the book is quite comprehensive in its 64 pages. If I ever do need to use sharding in production, I will be reading the book very closely, and I'd recommend anyone else thinking about sharding mongodb do the same.
Posted July 1, 2011
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