Redis 2.2.0 RC1 is out

Wednesday, 15 December 10
Finally we are already at the end of another development cycle: the first release candidate of Redis 2.2.0 is out! You can grab it here from github, it is tagged as 2.2.0-rc1, or if you prefer, as a tar.gz file.

As I said some time ago, 2.2 is a monument to how much Redis 2.0 sucked. I think that looking back to the previous version and having the feeling of a very bad implementation is a good thing. It means we did another step improving our code.

On the other side, Redis 2.2 works as a drop in replacement for 2.0, as 2.0 is more or less a strict subset of Redis 2.2. This was not a goal, so I guess that while we improved a lot our implementation, we got the API right already in 2.0 :) No big change was necessary at all.

The following is a list of all the improvements, at least the biggest ones. In the next weeks I'll blog here about every single feature. There are too much things that the users needs to discover to really make the most out of Redis 2.2. Redis is still a simple product, but at the same time the simple primitives can be used in a very powerful ways. This is the case of the GETBIT/SETBIT commands in 2.2, that together with SETRANGE and GETRANGE turned Redis strings into powerful random access, memory saving, arrays.

But I'll blog about this features in the next days. For now, here is the big list :)

Where not specified the implementation and design were done by me and Pieter Noordhuis. I can't say thanks enough times to Pieter for his awesome work. Thanks to VMware for making all this possible. Also many thanks to all the other contributors and the amazing community we have.

When I read the twitter search stream for the Redis keyword, many times I see the word "fun" related to using Redis. There is nothing better then reading this for me, I really think that programming should be fun. Databases used to be useful but boring in the past. It's cool to see the tendency is changing (well I don't want to imply they are getting useless!) ;)

So... the best way to end this post is to say: Have fun!

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