DynamoDB supports six data types, namely
BinarySet. To understand this better, we will get some help from the AWS management console. Once we have signed up with AWS, our management console will look for an icon to work with DynamoDB, as shown in the following screenshot:
Clicking on the DynamoDB icon for the first time will take us to a getting started page, which has guidelines on starting with DynamoDB. We should click on the Create Table button to create our first table. We are now going to create the
Tbl_Book table, which we have seen enough times. We are also going to insert only one item into this table. The table and its item are as shown:
After clicking on Create Table, you will see the following page. Here you have to provide Table Name, Hash Attribute Name, and Range Attribute Name. After providing the necessary parameters, you can proceed further.
As we discussed, during the creation of the table we need to specify only the primary key attributes along with the table name. In this table, both the key elements are of type
The next page will provide an option to create secondary indexes, which we need not bother about now. Once we proceed with all the command buttons in the browser, we will see the page in the following screenshot:
Initially, the status will be CREATING. Once it becomes ACTIVE, we can click on Explore Table (as shown in the previous screenshot) to insert (or scan) items into the table.
Once we have clicked on Explore Table, we should again click on the New Item button to insert an item. Clicking on this button will open the window in the following screenshot (we have already populated it to save paper):
The mandatory attributes, name and type, will be already populated and we cannot change them. But we can add the attribute values (which must be unique).
In addition to that, we can simple click on empty textboxes (under hash and range key attribute name) to add item-specific attribute name, type, and value.
Here the first four attributes are of the type
String, so we can enter the corresponding values in the attribute value field.
While entering multivalued data for a
Set data type (
StringSet for the Language field), specify multiple strings or numbers by clicking on the plus sign to the right of the value textbox. Once all the attributes are entered, click on the Put Item button, which will put this item into the
String attribute values are enclosed in double quotes, and the
Set attribute values are enclosed by set brackets. The number attribute values won't be enclosed by any character.
Setmust have a nonzero number of elements (that is, empty sets are not permitted)
Setmust not have duplicate values (that is, the
Languageset will not take
There is a special kind of data type, called
Binary, which is capable of storing Base64 encoded values. It is also used to store images or pictures in the Base64 encoded format. We will see it in Chapter 6, Working with the DynamoDB API.