Chest: A New Database
Databases are a fundamental part of most modern applications. Studying Hive interested me in database design, so I decided to implement a new database – called Chest.
I created it as a research project, but I'd also be happy to produce something worthwhile.
These are the goals:
Implement a pure-Dart database from scratch.
Support storing significant amounts of data that don't fit into RAM.
Offer a NoSQL-API similar to Firestore.
Support queries efficiently.
Have excellent developer experience.
These are non-goals:
Don't optimize for server use-cases, but focus on clients first.
Don't offer native sync capabilities with cloud services or peer-to-peer.
Don't focus on performance over everything else.
I want to emphasize the last non-goal especially. That's not to say I don't care about speed at all – I'll try to keep the time complexity to a minimum and create an architecture that's not inherently slow. But I'll postpone low-level performance optimizations to a (much) later date.
Looking at the goals, this will – unlike Hive – not be an in-memory database but a resource-efficient, full-fledged database that supports vast amounts of data. In this series, I'll document my architecture bottom-up and build lots of small layers of abstraction that each bring us closer to the vision of a complete database.