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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: calling views in Erlang
Date Sun, 08 Nov 2009 03:57:42 GMT

> I have written some code to query a view within Erlang and it seems
> too simple :-)

Welcome to CouchDB. Simple is the implementation corollary of Relax. :)

> Am I really just looping through a view and returning
> {ok, State} if a key matches a particular input KeyId and calling
> {stop, State} when I want the iteration to stop?
> I appreciate there is an index behind the view which makes things
> fast, but the looping seems really simple.  Verification of this
> approach would be very much appreciated as I go forward!

Even in advanced algorithms indexes are basically just sorted lists at
the core. Couch's view interface makes that pretty plain. So yes, you
can just iterate over the views as you see fit. The key to why this is
quick and delicious is that seeking to the start of iteration (when
you provide a startkey) is that you only do a log(N) seek to the first

Paul Davis

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