In some industries, the time taken to get new features to market is absolutely critical. One such is the fiercely competitive world of mobile services, where service providers cannot afford to be seen to be behind the curve. Further reading
Tom Coupland, senior engineer at Nokia Entertainment Bristol, explained that speeding up application development was a key reason why his team started looking beyond the Maven, EJB3, Hibernate and MySQL setup that they have been using for the past three years. Another was the complexity of developing in this environment. Hibernate (a library that maps Java objects to relational tables) was a particular thorn in his team's side.
The firm's push towards personalisation of content provided another impetus to look for new tools, a search which last year led them to open-source NoSQL database MongoDB. "We didn't really do a serious comparison," admitted Coupland. "We just wanted a nice, simple document store. At first we thought we'd just use a key value store, but then we found we'd need some more functionality so we went one step up, and Mongo fitted our use case.
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