Mashups Get a Hosted Database with NextDB.net

Andres Ferrate
Dec. 05 2008, 02:15AM EST

Developers looking to add database functionality to their mashups will be interested in a new JavaScript API for real relational database programming from NextDB.net. The NextDB.net hosted database seeks to eliminate the overhead associated with server-side coding, database management and additional hardware installation (see our NextDB.net API Profile).

In essence, NextDB.net hosts virtual databases on scalable clusters, eliminating the need for database maintenance and administration. These databases are accessible via a secure JavaScript API that provides access to various types of database operations through an asynchronous programming model.

The "modular" API weighs in at 35 KB and is framework agnostic, meaning that you can integrate it with existing frameworks such as jQuery and Dojo Toolkit without conflict. Designed and created by Geoff Hendrey and Brent Hamby, two developers from the Bay Area, NextDB.net is currently in public alpha and available for developers to test out.

The NextDB.net team has put together a screencast tutorial of the API, as well as documentation, a getting started guide, and a security FAQ page. Demos of the API in use are also available, including this demo of a Google Maps mashup that used the API.

This is an innovative and creative approach to enabling data-driven functionality for mashups (and web sites in general), and it seems that there is great potential for this type of database to be used in mashups that need database functionality, but which do not require a locally-available database.

Andres Ferrate

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I think this has great potential for all sorts of applications. C'mon folks a free db in a cloud and cheap if you want more. Bascially all you need is some cheap hosting site for your html. The code is extremely easy to write and works well. It takes AWS like hosting to a new level.