An Introduction to MarkLogic Server

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MarkLogic Server is an enterprise no sequel database. The unique structure of Marklogic ensures that your applications are both scalable and have extreme performance.

What is MarkLogic Server?

MarkLogic Server is a multi-model database. As quoted in the official documentation of the MarkLogic Server The MarkLogic Server is a powerful software solution for harnessing your digital content all in a single database. MarkLogic has documents in place of a schema. However, in MarkLogic, you can simply define a data document model in your files. Your document data model can be as loose or strict as you like. In contrast to an RDBMS schema, In the document records model, we can create the documents after loading into MarkLogic and later can be refined as our requirements or use case.

Different ways to use MarkLogic

When we load content into the logic database it’s indexed as it’s being packed. So it’s then immediately searchable providing real-time search results even if you have a lot of data in your database. So let’s say you’ll use Mark logic as your database. There are then two ways to approach that.

  • One of them, which we call the code just typical Three-tier architecture, uses Marklogic as your database tier. And then you use some other technology for your middle tier (e.g Java or .net) and some other technology for your browser tier (e.g Angular or JavaScript).

  • The second is to build everything in Marklogic aka Singleton architecture where not only is we use Marklogic for the database but we can also develop our whole application in Marklogic. The XQuery and JavaScript are programming used for application development in MarkLogic both are native to MarkLogic.

Advantages of being a Multi-Model Database

Multi-model databases provide an easy solution for managing heterogeneous data. MarkLogic Server is created in a way to store and manages various types of data. It stores various data like Documents (JSON, XML, JavaScript, XQuery, PDFs, Geospatial data), Semantic Data (RDF Triples, SPARQL), and Relational Data (Tables, SQL) with a search and query interface.

The benefits to store and query multiple data models in multi-model databases result in flexibility and efficiency. As a multi-model database, MarkLogic Server makes it easy to load any data type and provides flexibility to make changes faster.

System Requirements

 To run the virtual machine on the computer following requirements are needed:

  • 64-bit system
  • 4 GB or more RAM
  • 20 GB or more free disk space.
  • Virtual box installed.

For installation of MarkLogic, you can follow the guide available in the official documentation


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