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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: CouchDB status report due
Date Thu, 03 Apr 2008 21:47:19 GMT

On Apr 3, 2008, at 17:08, Ted Leung wrote:
>> Here's a draft. I have never done this before and looking at the  
>> examples you linked to, it might be a bit verbose. Feel free  
>> (anyone) to edit the draft in any way. I am in no way attached to  
>> what compiled here:
> We missed a report for one month, so we have more stuff to say (we  
> are suppposed to report every month for the 1st 3 months of  
> incubation, and then settle into a 3 month rotation thereafter.    
> Once we graduate, we'll also be on a 3 month rotation).   Keep in  
> mind that the board has a stack of these reports to read, so tighter  
> is better.

So you say we should write more with less words? :)

I could add that we waited for our mentors and eventually set up  
infrastructure. There's not a lot more that actually did happen[1]  
(anyone, please correct me if I am wrong). Should the first report  
include a more detailed description of CouchDB for the benefit of the  

[1]: Possible things to mention: The fancypants branch, build system  
improvements, discussion about fulltext indexing.

>> (For the sake of readability, I ommitted any wiki markup)
>> CouchDB
>> IPMC Reviews:
>> CouchDB is a distributed document database written in Erlang. The  
>> project entered incubation on February 12th, 2008.
>> The infrastructure (SVN, JIRA, mailing lists etc) have been set up  
>> and the team started moving source and documentation from their  
>> former homes to the ASF.
>> Work on CouchDB that has begun earlier is being continued and  
>> committed to the new repository. This includes a major refactoring  
>> and subsequent simplification of the core code base (-500 (ca. 10%)  
>> LOC) and its modularisation. The storage and view engines are now  
>> separate entities that can be worked on independently. This was  
>> done in preparation for the upcoming database compaction feature,  
>> which is in its final stages of development.
>> At the same time, the mochiweb branch is very active, entirely  
>> driven by Christopher Lenz. The goal of this branch is to replace  
>> the Erlang/OTP inets HTTP server with the more appropriate Mochiweb  
>> package. This is still work in progress, but at the moment, more  
>> than half of our test suite succeeds.
>> Noah Slater's been active to review, move and convert the contents  
>> of, the former home of the CouchDB  
>> documentation to the ASF provided MoinMoin installation. That  
>> includes the setup of human readable redirects and the development  
>> of a set of mod_rewrite rules that still need to be set up.
>> Damien Katz is sill fighting the current host of the couchdb.*  
>> domains to successfully redirect to our new virtual homes.
>> The IBM software grant that is required for Damien Katz's code  
>> contributions is reportedly on file with the ASF.
> Well, we have Damien's grant.   I don't believe IBM has anything to  
> say about CouchDB, although they may now have something to say about  
> his current work since he is employed there.    I think there's a  
> question about whether IBM's CCLA needs updating to cover Damien in  
> this regard.

Ok: IANAL and have generally no insight into any of that. Damien, can  
you clarify?

Anything else we need? You are a bit vague with your request :)


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