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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Couch in the wild: request for feedback
Date Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:30:32 GMT
Hi Mike,

welcome to user@ :)

On 25 Oct 2009, at 20:40, Michael Miller wrote:

> Hi All,
> I should introduce myself to the list: I am one of the cofounders of  
> Cloudant.  Behind Adam Kocoloski's  lead we are actively  
> contributing to CouchDB and are currently deploying it at scale as a  
> hosted service for our alpha-customers.  We are co-sponsoring this  
> week's no:sql(east) conference in Atlanta (*) and I'll be giving my  
> first talk on CouchDB.  The talk is aimed squarely at telling the  
> story of couch in the wild, and I could use your help.  After a  
> brief description of couch and what makes it unique, I want to focus  
> on what it's like to use couch in production.  In particular:

I'm trying to be objective :)

> - why did you choose couch?

I like simple systems. CouchDB uses the same concepts for data  
storage, views, replication and compaction. It is extremely easy to  
understand. And I'm a huge fan of web technologies :)

> - if you did not choose couch, what was the leading reason?

Sometimes, storing a few bytes to a file is the simplest thing you can  
do :)

> - what problem(s) does couch solve for your application?

I want to develop software, not fight with databases. I've been doing  
that for a long time and I'm just fed up. CouchDB frees me from a lot  
of hassle and brings fun back into writing database backed applications.

> - was couch a success for your needs?

Totally :)

> - what are your top feature requests for future development?

Less obscure Erlang crash reports, easier view management, more  

> - what do you love about couch?

The Relax theme.

> - what do you hate about couch?

That it is different. People don't like change and it is hard to  
explain that some change is good.


> - AOB
> I realize a lot of this information is available from the most  
> recent survey (**) but there has been a lot of action since that was  
> completed.  Any feedback that you can provide would be greatly  
> appreciated.
> Thanks, Mike
> --
> Mike Miller
> (*)
> (**)

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