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README for git db ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ git db is an experimental research project, aiming to combine a number of emergent technologies to enable a new platform of social-networking building, buzzword-coining computing. Seriously though, its essence is a hybrid/relational data store, built to run on top of the git source control management system. It consists of; 1. a set of binary encoding formats for some basic types like Integers, Floats, Strings, etc, 2. a binary row packaging encoding standard, to combine those items into binary sequences representing lists of columns, 3. a pretty-printing row packaging standard, for filename-izing a series of columns, to refer to those binary encoded rows, 4. a basic filesystem structure for arranging similarly typed pretty-printed packaged rows in git trees, 5. a metamodel which can express basic schemas, including itself, which can be stored in the filesystem structure, 6. a proposal for a mechanism of recording locks in the git commit message, such that ACID-level consistency guarantees could be available, if you chose to use them - and speculations on how to use this data to achieve it. This system is designed to support a wide variety of use cases, hopefully the basics simple enough to be a useful back-end for SQLite or embedded uses, but also be a backing store that a traditional multi-user RDBMS might want to use; distributed computing in all three CAP modes, as well as sharding and map/reduce. It could also be used for a new type of computing that this author labels as "democratic computing", a proposed mode of computing with a cluster of multi-master nodes, where no node is trusted fully but every node is trusted equally; a voting system is used to resolve possible conflicts and auditing is possible. Other novel areas of application include "decentralised social networks"; holding the databases that people collaboratively edit with each other, be it a friends list or a photo collection catalogue. There are almost certainly going to be domain-specific areas which the above doesn't cover, and certainly certain applications will remain vapourware until someone actually implements them. Implementation Status --------------------- It's not entirely vapourware; see the below table. Spec Code Tested See 1. Encodings: done yes yes lib/Git/DB/Encode.pm 2. Row Packaging: done ... - lib/Git/DB/ColumnFormat.pm 3. Filename format: started - - lib/Git/DB/ColumnFormat.pm 4. Filesystem: - - - various POD references 5. metamodel: rev. 1 - - lib/Git/DB/Tables.pod 6. TX model: started - - lib/Git/DB/Tx.pm Nothing is really complete until prototype code tests pass of course. Some ideas are still quite hazy, and the project is full of various brainfarts that were written along the way of formation of the ideas. The first major milestone of the project will be to boot-strap the metamodel; that is, get the first 1-5 parts of the system nailed down far enough that the system can store a schema for itself. Once the Transaction Model has been proven, then it should already be an extremely useful and general purpose system; hopefully, of internet protocol standing.