NoSQL database vendor Couchbase has launched a new programming language called N1QL (pronounced “nickel”). Short for “Non-first Normal Form Query Language,” N1QL allows developers to perform SQL-like queries on JSON data.
“N1QL is based on SQL,” Couchbase explained. “It has familiar data definition language (DDL), data manipulation language (DML) and query language statements, yet it works on NoSQL database features such as key-value stores, multi-value attributes and nested objects. If you know SQL, you can easily learn N1QL — in fact, you’re already more than halfway there.”
N1QL will be included in the upcoming Couchbase Server release. The company has also posted several resources related to the language, including a tutorial, online.