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From Terry Brownell <>
Subject Re: Cooking Views
Date Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:29:23 GMT
Thank Mark,

My initial hunch was CouchDB isn't particularly suited as a triple store or
running sparql type of queries .. too bad.. i was really digging the whole 2
tier / replication thing.


On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 6:34 AM, Mark J. Reed <> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 7:00 PM, Terry Brownell
> <> wrote:
> > Hi, attempting to port my semantic network DB to CouchDB, but I'm not
> > grokking the more complicated views, and in particular passing variables.
> Depending on the types of query you anticipate, Couch (at least
> without Solr) might not be the best choice for this problem domain.
> In my experience it works best with canned queries that don't vary
> much; if you have a bunch of ad-hoc queries with different types of
> logic being composed on the fly, you may want to look at either adding
> Solr to the mix or switching to another storage technology like
> MongoDB.
> Having said that, here's how I would solve your specific problem in bare
> Couch.
> > Looking for a cookbook recipe for creating a view (against the documents
> > below), that...
> >
> > - Selects all documents where "isa" = "bird", that has a nemesis, and
> color
> > is a variable ie: all yellow?
> Create a view with a map function that emits the variable part as the
> key, but only for documents matching the non-variable criteria.  For
> example,
> "map": "function(doc) { if (doc.nemesis && doc.isa == 'bird') {
> emit(doc.color, doc.nemesis) }}"
> Then query that view with ?key="yellow".
> You can make it more flexible by emitting a complex key consisting of
> [doc.isa, doc.color], instead of making it conditional on isa; then
> you would query for key=["bird","yellow"].  What that gains you is the
> ability not only to query for different combinations of animal and
> color, but also to use a range query to look for specific animal types
> regardless of color (e.g. startkey=["bird"]&endkey=["bird",{}] to get
> all the nemesis-having birds). But order matters; with isa first, this
> view doesn't help you if you want to query for all yellow
> nemesis-having animals whether they're a bird or not.  You would have
> to construct a different view for that.
> --
> Mark J. Reed <>

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