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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Changing rev to _rev in view results (Was: Re: newbie question #1)
Date Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:38:57 GMT

On 30 Dec 2008, at 12:22, Sven Helmberger wrote:

> Jan Lehnardt schrieb:
>> On 30 Dec 2008, at 12:04, Sven Helmberger wrote:
>>> Antony Blakey schrieb:
>>>> It's easy to get this right and make everything simpler to use  
>>>> (by leveraging fundamental congnitive expectations such as name  
>>>> identity) and extensible. So far I haven't seen any good  
>>>> technical argument why either name identity (_id/_rev  
>>>> everywhere), or _meta, shouldn't be adopted.
>>> We also haven't seen a good technical argument why the current  
>>> state should be changed.
>> There is no technical argument. The argument is beginner- 
>> friendlyness.
> And we can be a lot more beginner-friendly by just improving the  
> documentation quality, something which is needed anyway.

Hi Sven,

please check dev@c.a.o for the entire discussion. I don't want to re- 
iterate everything again. Just briefly: We don't control how people  
learn CouchDB, but we control the API. You are certainly right that  
our documentation should be decent, but a nicely designed API is the  
first step to get there (note that I am not arguing either point of  
the original discussion). Just having good documentation on a horrible  
API is not going to cut it (See PHP's strstr(), preg_match(), ereg()  
argument order. It's a perfect example of good docs for a  
bad^Worganically grown API).


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