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ReThinkDB Preview Available to Windows Users

The company has been putting a year's worth of work porting its open source Web database management system to the Windows platform.

RethinkDB last week announced its namesake JSON "open source database for the real-time Web" is now available for Windows users as a Developer Preview.

Because Windows support was one of the most frequently requested items on the company's wish list for developers, the Mountain View, Calif., start-up launched a one-year porting effort described as an "intensive development, touching nearly every part of the database."

"To try today's Developer Preview, simply download RethinkDB as an executable and run it on a Windows machine," said exec Ryan Paul in a blog post. "We're making the preview available today so that our users can start exploring RethinkDB on Windows and help us test it in the real world. You shouldn't trust it with your data or use it in production environments yet. It's also not fully optimized, so you might not get the same performance that you would from a stable release."

Even with those caveats, the company invited developers to try out the database that sports a new approach different from those taken by NoSQL databases such as MongoDB. "RethinkDB is based on a fundamentally different architecture from MongoDB," the company says on its site. "Instead of polling for changes, the developer can tell RethinkDB to continuously push updated query results in real-time. You can also write applications on top of RethinkDB using traditional query-response paradigm, and subscribe to real-time feeds later as you start adding real-time functionality to your app."

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