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Subject [Couchdb Wiki] Update of "IsoFormattedDateAsDocId" by DougShawhan
Date Fri, 25 Feb 2011 18:04:12 GMT
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The "IsoFormattedDateAsDocId" page has been changed by DougShawhan.


New page:
= Using an ISO Formated Date as a Doc _id =

The ISO 8601 standard describes a useful scheme for
representing a date string in a Year-Month-DayTHour:Minute:Second.microsecond format. For
time-bound documents in a CouchDB database this can be a very handy way to create a unique
identifier, since javascript can directly use it to create a Date object:

   "sum_by_day": {
       "map": "function(doc) {\n  var dt = new Date(doc._id);\n  emit(dt.getDate(), 1);\n}",
       "reduce": "function(keys, values, rereduce) {\n   return sum(values)\n}"

Another useful Javascript pattern is to use datetime.substr to create useful values for a
return key: 

function (doc) {
    var datetime = doc._id;
    var year = parseInt(datetime.substr(0, 4));
    var month = parseInt(datetime.substr(5, 2), 10);
    var day = parseInt(datetime.substr(8, 2), 10);
    var hour = parseInt(datetime.substr(11, 2), 10);
    var minute = parseInt(datetime.substr(14, 2), 10);
    emit([doc.sales, doc.item, year, month, day, hour, minute], 1);

. . . then simply use group_level to zoom in on whatever time you wish to use.

curl -X GET "http://localhost:5984/transaction_history_hps/_design/throwaway/_view/toss?group_level=1"


curl -X GET "http://localhost:5984/transaction_history_hps/_design/throwaway/_view/toss?group_level=2"


A nice example using a date within a document is found here:

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