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From Magnus Ottosson <>
Subject Re: Search for city by name, order by population
Date Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:32:04 GMT
The problem with sorting on the client side is that I have a lot of
entities! Say that I want to fetch all cities starting with the name
"new" it could potentially be thousands and the performance would not
be that great.

I know it's a hack and that it might not be suitable but I found that
if I create the key like I previous mentioned but add the population
to the and of the key I can search for entities like this:


This will sort the cities correctly and I do not need to use the
reduce function.

I will also look at the lucene version but I'm in a hosted environment
where I have no control over the existing software...


On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 12:11 AM, Jon Gretar Borgthorsson
<> wrote:
> To be honest then in this exact case as you describe it I would skip sorting
> it in CouchDB and sort it on the client side. It's a very simple solution
> that can probably be done in a single line of code. I might even check and
> see if the autocomplete plugin you use simply offers to do that for you.
> When in doubt always do what has the least amount of code my great
> grandfather used to tell me. ;)
> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Magnus Ottosson
> <>wrote:
>> Oh, I should have made that more clear. I will use this to
>> autocomplete a searchbox. So when the user start typing I will search
>> for the cities that matches the string. The user might type "new".
>> Then I want to fetch the 10 largest cities based on population where
>> the name starts with "new".
>> If I just wanted to search for the name I could have created an index
>> with the name as the key and searched like this:
>> startkey="new"&endkey="new\u9999" and this would have matched all the
>> cities with the name string with new. Right?
>> I want to sort this result by population in descending order so I can
>> fetch the 10 largest cities matching the input.
>> Magnus
>> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 10:31 AM, Sebastian Cohnen
>> <> wrote:
>> > hmm, I do not quite follow... isn't the name of the city unique? what do
>> you mean by *searching* for a city?
>> >
>> > On 12.04.2010, at 10:25, Magnus Ottosson wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi,
>> >>
>> >> I have a database with the names and population of cities (about 7
>> >> million entities). Is it possible, with couchdb, to create a key that
>> >> includes both cityname and population where I can search for a name
>> >> and get the matching results ordered by the population?
>> >>
>> >> I tried to create a key like [population, name] and search like this
>> >> ?startkey=[0, "name"]&endkey=[10000000, "name]&limit=10 but it does
>> >> not work like the way I hoped.
>> >>
>> >> Any ideas?
>> >>
>> >> Magnus
>> >
>> >

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