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From Robert Newson <>
Subject Re: how to do http request within server-side _show or _view functions?
Date Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:33:33 GMT
I was just reading this (at;

"Show and list functions are side effect free and idempotent. *They
can not make additional HTTP requests against CouchDB*. Their purpose
is to render JSON documents in other formats."

So they can't, and it's intentional.


On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 4:38 PM, Samuel Wan <> wrote:
> Is there a way to do an http request within the server-side _show or
> _view functions, or is the JS context limited to what's defined by
> Spidermonkey and main.js? My understanding is that Spidermonkey
> doesn't provide an xmlhttprequest object.
> Also, does CouchDB ship with an interactive javascript shell, or do
> you have to build and install your own? I found the couchjs
> executable, but it only interprets javascript files.
> -Sam

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