The Year of the RavenDB @skillsmatter

ImageNOSQL has been gathering momentum at Skills Matter in recent years — with user groups springing up in MongoDB, Cassandra, Hadoop and Neo4j, expert sharing their skills in our In the Brain talks, and last year we hosted the first-ever NOSQL eXchange.

One of the most frequently asked questions before the NOSQL eXchange was “Why isn’t there a talk on RavenDB?”.

For the uninitiated, RavenDB is the transactional, open-source Document Database written in .NET, created by Oren Eini, aka Ayende Rahien, the man also behind Rhino Mocks and a leading figure in the open source NHibernate project.  Ayende Rahien gave the Skills Matter community An Introduction to RavenDB last year, but if you missed it you can watch the skillscast video here:

2012 is undoubtedly going to be the year of the Raven at Skills Matter — this is a database that is attracting a lot of attention, so we are thrilled to be working closely with Ayende to share it with the Skills Matter community.

Core RavenDB developer Itamar Syn-Hershko flies in from Israel on February 28 to give a free talk for the community, explaining RavenDB indexes.  Itamar will walk through the RavenDB indexing process, grok it, and we’re while at it master techniques with frightful names like Map/Reduce, MultiMap, Live Projections, Full text search, Boosting and more.  This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best minds in RavenDB today.  If you’re not in London, or just can’t make it along, you can receive an email the day after Itamar’s talk with a link to where you can watch the skillscast video online.

If you’re keen to save time and effort building database-backed applications, you can now learn from the experts and get essential skills on using RavenDB at Skills Matter.  Itamar Syn-Hershko will be delivering Ayende Rahien’s RavenDB Workshop, starting on February 28 and running over two days.  If you are a Database Administrator, .NET Developer, Team Leader or Architect, join Itamar to learn to build a practical application which will demonstrate the all important data management patterns.

RavenDB is definitely going to be one to watch this year — and there will undoubtedly be more events at Skills Matter.  Are you signed up for our newsletters?  If not, take a look — they are updated with new topics and are another great way to hear about upcoming events.


  1. Although Oren has done a great job to NHibernate and its community, I think it’s not fair to say he is _the_ man behind NHibernate, leaving aside all the others and especially Fabio.

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