OpenWorld 2017: MySQL Document Store

This was a great session that was centered on the updates to JSON support in MySQL 8.  But to paint the full picture of how MySQL 8 is making JSON a first class data citizen in the platform, it also covered some updates to InnoDB Cluster and the new MySQL Shell.  The session was present by Alfredo Kojima, Miguel Araujo, and Mike Zinner all from Oracle.  Mike is responsible for client tools – shell, workbench, router, connectors, etc.  Alfredo was there to talk about the changes in InnoDB Cluster, and Miguel for the Document Store itself.

These changes make it more possible for you to use MySQL as a NoSQL document store.  With MySQL however you can retain ACID compliance while doing most (if not all) that NoSQL data platforms like MongoDB provide.  It will be interesting to get my hands on this to see what tradeoffs they make to retain the ACID model.  Especially compared to other NoSQL data engines that take the BASE model.

My notes from the session where.

  • MySQL Document Store Intro
    • What is a document?
      • structured data
      • They are using JSON (=JavaScript Object Notation)
      • Others are XML, YAML, etc.
    • Relational Model vs. Document Model
      • Higher Upfront effort during design vs. lower effort upfront
      • Database ensures integrity vs. Application responsible for integrity
      • Schema updates can be problematic vs. Simple schema change
    • Now MySQL supports both relational and document models
    • Exposes new CRUD interface, while keeping SQL
    • Standard plugin for MySQL Server (since MysqL 5.7.12)
    • Store JSON documents in MySQL inside tables (JSON type column)
    • Store JSON outside of relational tables (collection not table)
      • Collections belong to a database/schema just like a table, so you can have collections of the same name in different schemas on the same instance
      • Collections are implemented as tables(with an id and a doc column of type json)
    • Key takeaways
      • INNODB
      • transactions and locking
      • ect…
  • Components of the MySQL Document Store
    • MySQL Shell – new command line interface
    • Works with InnoDB Cluster
    • X Protocol – new protocol to deal with documents (more efficient)
    • Connectors for
      • .NEt
      • Node.JS
      • Python
      • Java
      • etc..
    • Document Store is tightly connected to InnoDB Cluster
      • for scale out
  • InnoDB Cluster
    • basically turning MySQL into a scale out architecture (looks like MongoDB or other NoSQL system architectures to me)
  • The X DevAPI – A modern CRUD App Programming Interface
    • To create a collection – “var products = db.createCollection(‘products’);”
    • Add document – “products.add({“_id”: 123, “name”: “Test1″}).execute();”
    • retrieve/select – “products.find(“price > 10 and price < 100”).fields([“_id”, “name”]).sort([“name”]).execute();
    • change – “products.modify(“_id”: 123  <missed it>
    • delete – products.remove(” <missed it>
  • Node Js example – Async call to MySQL and function (doc) as loopback

var schema = session.getSchema(‘mySchema’);

var coll = schema.getCollection(‘myColl’);

var query = “$.name == :name”;

coll.find(query).bind(‘name’,  ‘Alfredo’).execute(function (doc) {



.catch(function (err) {




  • Demo of shell interface
    • port 33060 for XDev API port
    • new shell defaults to java script mode
    • can switch to sql with \sql
    • \js to switch back to javascript mode
    • dba.  used to manage the instance with javascript
    • session.sql(“SELECT * FROM TEST1;”).execute(); – for sql in javascript shell
    • session.sql(“select ?”).bind(“‘Hello World'”).execute(); – by using bind it escapes everything for you
    • much more powerful interface even for DBAs
    • scripts require the .execute(), but not needed while using the shell
    • new shell documentation –
    • new uuid with timestamp at the end to be more sequential for performance (within a session)
  • Documents via SQL
  • Behind the Scenes

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