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From N/A N/A <>
Subject Re: CouchDB _changes + continuous + Ajax
Date Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:59:44 GMT

Actually there is no problem for now. Thank you and sorry for mail box spam. I 
am just tired


From: N/A N/A <>
Sent: Tue, February 22, 2011 1:48:17 PM
Subject: Re: CouchDB _changes + continuous + Ajax


The problem is not exactly this one, but i will try to find it anyway


From: N/A N/A <>
Sent: Tue, February 22, 2011 1:06:11 PM
Subject: Re: CouchDB _changes + continuous + Ajax

Hello Cliff,

Sorry for my late answer. Well i did try this example and it is working almost 
fine. There is one exception.

This example could work really nice if there is application with not so heavy 
JSON message transfer.
I did try it with really high JSON message transfer and sometimes i see JSON 
message loss. What i mean is this:

22/2/2011 12:18 2 address 5443 
22/2/2011 12:18 1 address 5444 
22/2/2011 12:18 2 address 5445 
22/2/2011 12:18 2 address 5447 
22/2/2011 12:18 1 address 5448 
22/2/2011 12:18 2 address 5449 

As we can see 5446 is lost. It exist in couchdb, but never received. Possible 
reason is this one:

jquery.couch.js line 290

          function getChangesSince() {
              success : function(info) {
                since = info.update_seq;
          return promise;

Possible problem is that we are not getting next change, but asking our DB which 

is the last update_seq. Maybe if we got some counter and requesting
changes since last "seq" the problem could be solved.

Also i am not able to find jquery.couch.js continuous changes. Should i 
implement it by myself or get it from somewhere.
For now i am using couch.js (not jquery.couch.js). I added continuous changes 
functionality. But i want to try jquery.couch.js also + longpoll.

I am using CouchDB 1.0.1


From: Cliff Williams <>
Sent: Mon, December 27, 2010 4:07:12 PM
Subject: Re: CouchDB _changes + continuous + Ajax


I took a look at this yesterday.

My assumption is that you are using a web page to display the _changes 
feed delivered from couchdb (probably couchapps).

if this is the case then i do not think that you should be using the 
continuous feed since my belief is that, by design this should be used 
for decoupled systems (I also think that some browsers will struggle 
with it) eg node.js / ruby /python.

What you should be using is the longpoll feed.

I began to write an example but found the perfect thing in jquery.couch.js

the function is changes (an example is worth a thousand words)

note I modded jquery.couch.js at around line 270 from

               feed : "longpoll",
               since : since,
              feed : "longpoll",
               since : since,
               include_docs : true

not sure if this is the correct way to do things but did not look too deep.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Couchdb continous feed test</title>
<script src="/_utils/script/jquery.js"></script>
<script src="/_utils/script/jquery.couch.js"></script>

var changes = $.couch.db("test").changes();

// Set up multiple callbacks (Nice!!)

// callback code examples for changes feed
// (1) console log
function dbchanges(response) {
     console.log( " Database changes: ", response );
// (2) show a field (response is a json object)
function dbalert(response) {
// (3) something more interesting display a real time list of changes
function dbrealtime(response) {
     var now = new Date();
     var month = now.getMonth() + 1;
     var day = now.getDate();
     var year = now.getFullYear();
     var date = day + "/" + month + "/" + year;
     var time = now.getHours() + ":" + now.getMinutes()

     $("#tab1 > tbody:first").append("<tr><td>" + date +"</td><td>"
time + "</td><td>" + response.results[0].doc.Surname +"</td><td>"
response.results[0].doc.address +"</td></tr>");



<h1>Look at jquery.couch.js for changes feed</h1>

<table id=tab1 border="1">


best regards


On 25/12/10 09:37, Johannes J. Schmidt wrote:
> Hi,
> You could check the length of req.responseText and call abort() if it
> exceeds a limit. Or you can check for the number of revs the feed is
> reporting and implement a limit of revs per connection.
> Btw. Depending on your application you should query the database info
> object (/dbname) to get the latest seq (update_seq).
> Greetings
> Johannes
> Am Freitag, den 24.12.2010, 08:14 -0800 schrieb N/A N/A:
>> Hi,
>> Thank you! Hope you are well too...
>> Yes. First i'm doing changes poll without feed, so i can retrieve last_seq
>> key/value. Next i'm doing Ajax request like your with feed, heartbeat and 
>> include_docs.
>> This is working just fine. The code bellow is what i mean. There is function 
>> couch.js "CouchDB.request". I patched it a bit for my needs for continuous
>> _changes read.
>> I can post all of the function code later. But what i mean is this:
>>    var req = CouchDB.newXhr();
>>    if(uri.substr(0, "http://".length) != "http://") {
>>      uri = CouchDB.urlPrefix + uri
>>    }
>>, uri, true);
>>    req.onreadystatechange = function () {
>>        console.log(req.responseText);
>>    }
>> responseText is read only. While the socket is open every
>> time onreadystatechange trigger, it only appends the result. So responseText 
>> growing really big and after N seconds/hours/days maybe ill be out of memory.
>> What to do, so i can avoid this? If something is not clear enough i'll post 
>> code later with some more explanations and logs.
>> Thanks
>> ________________________________
>> From: Cliff Williams<>
>> To:
>> Sent: Fri, December 24, 2010 5:27:18 PM
>> Subject: Re: CouchDB _changes + continuous + Ajax
>> N/A N/A
>> I hope you are well and looking forward to Christmas
>> I am not sure that I fully understand but are you querying using last
>> sequence ?
>> I use
>> changesurl = "http://"+ host +":"+port.tostring+"/"+database+
>> "/_changes?feed=continuous&include_docs=true&heartbeat=10000
>> +"&since="+lastseq",
>> I can let you have a copy of a skeleton node.js program that I use if
>> you think that it would help.
>> best regards
>> cliff
>> On 24/12/10 14:04, N/A N/A wrote:
>>> Hi there,
>>> I am trying to use continuous changes of CouchDB + some java script. Using
>>> couch.js, because it is nice and clean template for experiments i manage to
>>> establish a connection to CouchDB and my webapp. Everything is working fine
>>> except one thing. Because the socket is still open, my responseText in ajax 
>>> just appending the JSON answers, so it is getting bigger and bigger and
>> bigger.
>>> With heartbeat of 100, memory usage is growing pretty fast. JSON data 
>>> could be really high sometimes and dataloss is not an option for me. One
>>> solution for me was just to use websocket + node.js(or similar). Or maybe to
>>> split() the answer in array and when it reach certain length to reopen the
>>> socket with current sequence of _changes. But this solution is not for my
>> taste
>>> and looks for me like a hack and not like solution. So, if someone is 
>>> with continuous changes, is it possible to give me some advice how we can 
>>> continuous changes + ajax without responseText getting so big? Any 
>> ?
>>> I prefer to not use websocket stuff(or something), because i prefer to keep
>>> things clean and stick only with CouchDB.
>>> Thanks in advance

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