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From Andy Wenk <>
Subject Re: [discuss] down, spammed
Date Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:35:40 GMT
why don't we stop the discussion here and think about how or
at least the contents can be maintained further? There are only some points
to clarify:

- do we (the CouchDB community) want to maintain the contents? Regardless
if it is "part" of CouchDB or not (this is a never-ending discussion imho)

- who will start to speak with JChris about the domain?

- where do we want to host the domain or contents?

I have a personal interest to keep and / or it's contents
running because that was my first contact with CouchDB, Benoit and JChris.
I don't want to see the awesome work die!



On 2 December 2013 02:50, Vivek Pathak <> wrote:

> Hi
> I agree quite a bit about the coucapp. Hence couldnt help but comment.
> Couchapp does seem to have quite a few rough corners feel to it - when
> compared to the soundness of couchdb as a whole (even without bigcouch etc).
> I have been using a self written tool to push view/list/show code to
> couchdb from using a makefile for my project.   A sample line from the
> makefile is as follows:
> belongs_view:
> -u $(COUCH) $(DBNAME) _design/ids
> belongs.js
> This pushes belongs.js to key db["_design/ids"] ,
> recursively creating any intermediate json objects as needed.
> It has worked well for me because I get to edit my javascript code in any
> editor.  And unlike couchapp, I do not need to install a python package
> (particularly one which does not seem to have heavy community support).
> The use case for couchapp is mentioned as sharing code between views (
>   At the cost
of adding shared code into common js modules explicitly, I
> get the convenience of "what you see is what you get" - unlike the
> inclusion of code through JS comments in couchapp.
> If the overall idea of having a standalone tool is attractive, I can
> surely improve it a bit (eg: usage line can improve, etc)  and share more
> widely.  It anyway was created under an apache 2 licence.
> Thanks
> Vivek
> On 11/30/13, 10:33 PM, Alexander Shorin wrote:
>> On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 4:20 AM, Russell Branca <>
>> wrote:
>>> In its current form, is a relic that has been mostly
>>> abandoned
>>> and is not maintainable by the community. I strongly feel we should move
>>> the couchapp documentation into official documentation. I see two
>>> relevant
>>> points of interest in this discussion. First is the notion of couchapps
>>> as
>>> the self contained application platform that utilizes show/list
>>> functions,
>>> and whether these should be included in CouchDB. I don't think this is
>>> the
>>> important issue at hand.
>>> The bigger issue is that the defacto method of defining design documents
>>> is
>>> to use one of the many "couchapp" tools, and the only place this is
>>> documented as a whole is This is a disservice to the
>>> community, and one that needs to be resolved. This is a constant source
>>> of
>>> confusion to new users who quickly realize the futility of defining
>>> design
>>> docs in the browser, and get lost when told "just use a couchapp", and
>>> then
>>> they inevitably end up clicking on the top google result for "couchapp",
>>> We need to have this properly documented in the official
>>> documentation so that the process is fully defined for new users.
>>> A couple of options for approach would be to formalize the folder
>>> definition of a couchapp and list tools known to be compatible, or to
>>> officially bless a tool like Erica. While I do want to see Fauxton
>>> provide
>>> powerful editors for all the different function types, I don't think this
>>> is sufficient as people typically want to keep their design docs raw code
>>> under SCM. Whatever approach is taken, I think the number one priority
>>> here
>>> is ensuring proper documentation explaining to users best practices for
>>> defining and maintaining design docs.
>>> -Russell
>> +1 and actually I'm only waiting for rcouch merge and having erica as
>> builtin tool. There is already big place to land all the stuff in
>> source code tree and even named also as "couchapp" since it provides
>> huge potential for more interesting and rich content rather than just
>> "ddoc" or similar.
>> --
>> ,,,^..^,,,

Andy Wenk
Hamburg - Germany

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