NoSQL Database

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ExternalFinalizer: Adding a finalizer to 3rd party objects

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Let’s say that you have the following scenario, you have an object in your hands that is similar to this one: It holds some unmanaged resources, so you have to dispose it. However, this is used in the following manner: What is the problem? This object may be used concurrently. In the past, the frame […]

RavenDB Sharding Progress

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RavenDB Sharding is now running as a production replication in our backend systems and we are stepping up our testing in a real-world environment. We are now also publishing nightly builds of RavenDB 6.0, including Sharding support. There are some known (minor) issues in the Studio, which we are busy fixing, but it is already […]

Backend API design principles: Don’t mirror your data

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It’s very common to model your backend API as a set of endpoints that mirror your internal data model. For example, consider a blog engine, which may have: GET /users/{id}: retrieves information about a specific user, where {id} is the ID of the user GET /users/{id}/posts: retrieves a list of all posts made by a […]

The cost of timing out

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Let’s assume that you want to make a remote call to another server. Your code looks something like this: var response = await httpClient.GetAsync("https://api.myservice.app/v1/create-snap", cancellationTokenSource.Token); This is simple, and it works, until you realize that you have a problem. By default, this request will time out in 100 seconds. You can set it to a […]

On AI, GPT and the future of developers

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When I started using GitHub Copilot, I was quite amazed at how good it was. Sessions using ChatGPT can be jaw dropping in terms of the generated content. The immediate reaction from many people is to consider what the impact of that would be on the humans who currently fill those roles. Surely, if we […]

Production postmortem: The server ate all my memory

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A customer reported a scenario where RavenDB was using stupendous amounts of memory. In the orders of tens of GB on a system that didn’t have that much load. Our first suspicion was that this is an issue with reading the metrics, since RavenDB will try to keep as much of the data in memory, […]

Production postmortem: The big server that couldn’t handle the load

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A user of ours called us, quite frantic. They are running a lot of systems on RavenDB, and have been for quite some time. However, very recently they started to run into severe issues. RavenDB would complain that there isn’t sufficient memory to run. The system metrics, however, said that there are still gobs of […]