Exploring Cloud Firestore in Datastore Mode

30 minutes
  • 4 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

Data comes in all shapes, sizes, and use cases. A relational database service like Cloud SQL isn’t always the answer. Cloud Datastore is a NoSQL database service, ideal for semi-structured data that needs to be highly scalable and available. Cloud Firestore is the next generation of Datastore with enhanced features, and in this hands-on lab, you’ll see how to build a Firestore NoSQL database in Cloud Datastore mode for the best of both worlds.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Enable APIs.
  1. From the main navigation, click APIs and Libraries > Library.
  2. Search for Datastore.
  3. Click Enable.
Create the database.
  1. From the main navigation, click Datastore.
  2. Choose Datastore Mode.
  3. Set the region to us-east1.
  4. Click Create database.
Define entities.
  1. For Kind, enter Flights.
  2. Click Create Entity.
  3. Click Add property for each of the following entries, of the specified type:
    • Airline: String
    • Flight Number: Integer
    • Arrival: Data and Time
    • OnTime: Boolean
  4. Click Save.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 twice more with different values.
  6. For the final entry, add another property:
    • Note: Text
  7. Click Save.
Query the data.
  1. Switch to Query by GQL.
  2. In the Query field, enter the following:
    SELECT * FROM Flights
  3. Click Run Query.
  4. In the Query field, enter the following:
    SELECT * FROM Flights WHERE OnTime = false
  5. Click Run Query.
  6. Review results.

Additional Resources

You’ve been charged with setting up a non-relational database for LA International to track flights, arrival times, and on-time status. You decide to use Cloud Firestore in Datastore mode because of its flexible NoSQL structure. After establishing the initial data, you need to run several queries in GQL to ensure all the necessary properties are searchable.

You’ll need to accomplish the following steps to complete your task:

  1. Enable API.
  2. Create database.
  3. Create entities.
  4. Query the data.

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