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Database Architecture, Scale, and NoSQL with Elasticsearch

Expand your understanding and knowledge of database architecture, and learn when to use which models.

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Explore and use SQL, NoSQL, and ACID and BASE style architectures

In this final installment of the University of Michigan series on PostgreSQL and Python programming language, you’ll not only learn more about this SQL but will also get to explore a NoSQL database management system.

Over the three weeks of the course, you’ll learn to use Elasticsearch (a common NoSQL database), and examine Elasticsearch as an example of a BASE (basic availability soft-state consistency) database approach.

You’ll also look at the differences between SQL and NoSQL data management systems, and between ACID (atomicity consistency isolation durability) and BASE database styles. Ultimately, you’ll be equipped to work with any database architecture.

Understand the differences in database architecture

You’ll move beyond seeing how PostgreSQL implements CRUD operations in Python programming language, and will analyse and compare the differences, pros and cons of SQL and NoSQL.

As you explore Elasticsearch in more detail, you’ll also see how it can supplement a relational database management system (RDBMS) like PostgreSQL and be used to facilitate high-speed searches and indexing.

Compare ACID and BASE styles

The biggest distinction between ACID and BASE styles is that ACID architecture provides more system consistency, while BASE architecture delivers higher availability.

On this course you’ll learn how this and other differences are built into the structures of these models, and how to evaluate whether an ACID or BASE system is right for specific situations.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Scaling Databases

    • Welcome

      Welcome to the course!

    • Lectures

      This week, we introduce SQL vs NoSQL and scaling relation databases.

    • Assignments

      Assignment content for week 1.

    • Week Wrap-up

      Wrapping up the week.

  • Week 2

    Cloud Scale Applications

    • Lectures

      This week introduces the impact of first generation cloud applications and compares both ACID and BASE style architectures.

    • Assignments

      Assignment content for week 2.

    • Week Wrap-up

      Wrapping up the week.

  • Week 3

    Elasticsearch

    • Lectures

      This final week's lectures will focus on Elasticsearch and utilizing it in different scenarios.

    • Assignments

      Assignment content for week 3.

    • Week Wrap-up

      Wrapping up the week.

    • Wrap-up

      Wrapping up this course!

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate the PostgreSQL architecture, and analyse and compare SQL and NoSQL
  • Compare and contrast ACID and BASE style architectures and databases
  • Create and utilise an Elasticsearch index in different contexts

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with a background in Python programming language who would like to develop their PostgreSQL skills and database architecture knowledge.

Who will you learn with?

Charles is a Clinical Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair of the Sakai Project Management Committee (PMC).

Who developed the course?

University of Michigan

As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).

  • Established

    1817
  • Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • World ranking

    Top 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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