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Subject [Couchdb Wiki] Update of "FrequentlyAskedQuestions" by JanLehnardt
Date Thu, 01 May 2008 18:04:13 GMT
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The following page has been changed by JanLehnardt:

The comment on the change is:
add the why only http api faq

    * Mnesia replication is suitable for clustering, but not disconnected, distributed edits.
Most of the "cool" features of Mnesia aren't really useful for CouchDB.
    * Also Mnesia isn't really a general-purpose, large scale database. It works best as a
configuration type database, the type where the data isn't central to the function of the
application, but is necessary for the normal operation of it. Think things like network routers,
HTTP proxies and LDAP directories, things that need to be updated, configured and reconfigured
often, but that configuration data is rarely very large.
+ == Why is there no way to talk to CouchDB besides the HTTP API ==
+ CouchDB's data model and internal API map the REST/HTTP model so well that any other API
would basically reinvent some flavour of HTTP. Since that makes little sense, there's only

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