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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: [REPORT] Apache CouchDB
Date Fri, 16 Jan 2009 22:54:04 GMT

On 16 Jan 2009, at 19:22, Damien Katz wrote:

> Here is a draft of the board report that's due soon. What should I  
> add to the report?
> -Damien
> ----
> CouchDB is a distributed document-oriented database system written  
> in Erlang. The project graduated to TLP in November 2008 and Damien  
> Katz was approved as the Apache CouchDB PMC .
> - Community
> This needs some stuff!

The three committers Chris Anderson, Noah Slater and Jan Lehnardt  
started releasing chapters from their work-in-progress book "CouchDB:  
The Definitive Guide" on The content will be  
licensed under Apache 2.0 and published in print by O'Reilly Media.  
The book mailing list has 340+ subscribers and the feedback is immense.

For the book, Chris and Jan are working on CouchApp, a toolkit for  
writing standalone CouchDB applications that is gaining traction on  
its own.

CouchDB mailing list traffic (both user- and dev) is growing constantly.

Multiple open source projects and commercial projects and products  
built on CouchDB have been released or launched in the last few weeks.  
We are trying to keep track of them on

> - Development
> We are now looking to release CouchDB 0.9.0 in January, our first as  
> TLP and our first BETA release .
> New features currently in trunk for 0.9.0:
> - Security and data validation functionality
> - View server internals re-architecture to allow the ability to  
> quickly read stale views as indexes are being updated.
> - Multi-key view lookup enhancements
> - Include_docs. Ability to load full documents with view rows.
> - Btree performance improvements
> - Faster and more compact internal JSON term format, that is also  
> the new Erlang canonical JSON term format. Additionally, when a low  
> level JSON parser is implemented in core Erlang, it is will use this  
> format and we'll gain more performance for free.
> - Ability to run a CouchDB server right from the project source  
> directory, for development purposes
> - Streaming attachment writes
> - fliters for converting json documents to other formats (XML, HTML,  
> etc)
> - Deferred commits (optional acid) for faster update and replication  
> speed
> - Infrastructure
> We have now transfered all couchdb assets over to the final TLP  
> locations, including the site, the mailing lists  
> and the SVN repositories.

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