A 2nd generation document database
What to Use RavenDB for and When to Use It
A relational database requires a database schema to define columns and rows in tables. RavenDB is a schema-free NoSQL (non-relational) database that allows you to just store your stuff. It is built in .NET, has both a .NET client API and a JAVA client API, and uses JSON documents for storage of data. Sharding is supported, which means data can be split across multipe servers. In addition, ACID transactions guarantee reliable processing. RavenDB excels when speed, large datasets, scaling, and/or ease-of-use are a concern.
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You can start the Raven Service by executing /server/raven.server.exe, and then you can then visit http://localhost:8080 for looking at the UI.
For any questions, please visit: http://groups.google.com/group/ravendb/
RavenDB's homepage: http://ravendb.net
For your convenience RavenDB is also available as nuget packages: RavenDB.Client and RavenDB.Embedded.
This release contains the following:
/Client - RavenDB lightweight client for .NET 4.0 and its dependencies. *** This is the recommended client to use ***
/Silverlight - A lightweight Silverlight 4.0 client for RavenDB and its dependencies..
/EmbeddedClient - The files required to run the RavenDB client, in server or embedded mode. Reference Raven.Client.Embedded.dll and create a DocumentStore, passing a URL or a directory. See the docs for more help.
Whichever client version you choose to use, reference all the assemblies in the corresponding folder to your project.
As for the rest of the folders in the package, here's a brief description of what they contain:
/Server - The files required to run RavenDB in server / service mode. Execute /Server/Raven.Server.exe /install to register and start the Raven service
/Web - The files required to run RavenDB under IIS. Create an IIS site in the /Web directory to start the Raven site.
/Bundles - Bundles for extending RavenDB in various ways
/Samples - Some sample applications for RavenDB * Under each sample application folder there is a "Start Raven.cmd" file which will starts Raven with all the data and indexes required to run the sample successfully.
/Backup - Standalone backup tool, for performing backup operations using a user with admin privileges.
/Smuggler - The Import/Export utility for RavenDB.