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From Jason Smith <>
Subject Re: Branch to switch from SpiderMonkey to Node.js
Date Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:18:21 GMT
This whole branch is an experiment. That is the main point.

My **tentative** position is that V8 is a waste of time. We should use
Node.js, not V8. In other words, we should not change couchjs to link
against instead of Instead, we should **remove** the
couchjs binary and build a 100% compatible node version. Again, this is my
*suspicion* but I want to explore it more.

Embedding V8 is, roughly, the same work as embedding SpiderMonkey. It does
not change much. We still depend on an obscure VM with a quirky build

Maybe we should not embed JavaScript anymore. Maybe we should just depend
on Node.js being installed. Compare these two statements to a new user:

Option A: "To build CouchDB, you must have the the SpiderMonkey libjs
library installed, version x.y.z"
Option B: "To build CouchDB, you must have the V8 libraries installed,
version x.y.z"
Option C: "To run CouchDB, you must have Python on your system"

Everybody has Python installed! Yay!

So now, just substitute "Node.js" for "Python" and it is a similar
situation. IMO in a couple years Node.js will be nearly as ubiquitous.

On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM, Dirkjan Ochtman <>wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM, Jason Smith <> wrote:
> > This is an experiment just to see how things feel. I want to see how it
> > feels to stop saying "CouchDB requires
> > libjs185/xulrunner/spidermonkey/whatever" and start saying "CouchDB
> > requires Node.js."
> What do we need Node.js for, over just v8?
> Cheers,
> Dirkjan

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