The documentation of an evolving system like MonetDB often runs behind the implementation. We apologize for the inconvenience upfront. We have included a commentary sections for users to contribute updates to the documentation as they see fit to be shared by others. The manuals are split into a few categories, summarized below
The user guide is the starting point for managing database servers on your machine. It provides introductions to the MonetDB daemon, system resource claims, backup- and recovery, etc.
SQL reference manual
We assume that the user has acquired basic knowledge of SQL elsewhere. The SQL reference manual contains a synopsis of the SQL 2003 language features being supported by MonetDB.
A series of short essays addressing recurring challenges in using MonetDB SQL to realize applications, including
What graphical user clients to use?
How to run a cluster of MonetDB servers?
How to fast load data from external sources?
How to monitor and set optimizers?
An overview of the system catalog scheme.
SQL language extensions such as geospatial.
A concise description of the MonetDB architecture, its interface language MAL, data structures and algorithms are a good starting point for getting your feet wet when diving into the code itself.