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From Mikeal Rogers <>
Subject Increasing Spidermonkey version
Date Wed, 18 Nov 2009 17:58:55 GMT
CouchDB currently uses Spidermonkey 1.7 as it's javascript interpreter.

1.7 was released in 2007. 1.8.5 is the current version number used in trunk,
anything 1.8.1 should have tracing support and should be much improved in
terms of performance.

1.8.x also has a lot of new JavaScript features that would be incredibly
useful in views (array comprehensions would be a godsend).

Mozilla also has a native JSON parser written in C which is something like
2.7 times faster than eval.

I'm wondering what barriers, if any, there are to increasing the required
Spidermonkey version. I've also been told that there are some issues with
using the C based JSON parser because of the way undefined is encoded in
arrays and would like a little more clarity on what work would need to
happen to get that in.

My biggest concern is that as more view servers are implemented in other
languages javascript becomes the "slow" option, which seems ridiculous given
the performance leapfrogging in recent years between js interpreters. In my
tests the biggest speed differential appears to be JSON parsing:


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