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From Oren Shani <>
Subject Resolving a classical conflict in CouchDB - Looking for best practices / advise
Date Fri, 20 May 2011 13:46:50 GMT
Hi All,

I am developing a concurrent application in Ruby, that make use of a 
shared data space that will be much easier to implement over CouchDB 
than over an RDBMS. I was playing around with Couch Potato and I find it 
to be almost perfect for my needs, except for one, but very critical, 
conflict issue. I wonder if you could advise me on the best way to 
handle this.

In principle, I need my applications to use a function similar to this one:

def foa(index)

    keyhash = CouchPotato.database.load_document "keyhash_id"

    if (keyhash[index].isnil?)

       keyhash[index] = keyhash.size

CouchPotato.database.save_document keyhash


    return (keyhash[index])


The problem is that if I have to applications calling the function 
concurrently, it might end up with a conflict, and then the document in 
the database will have for example keyhash["abcd"] =5 /or 
/keyhsah["efgh"] = 5 instead of keyhash["abcd"] = 5 /and/ 
keyhash["efgh"] = 6 (this is a rather classical concurrency conflict 
problem so I suppose you understand what I mean...)

I suppose I could build some checkout/checkin mechanism that will 
involve more documents and communication with the DB server, but again, 
I rather use something which is a common practice, so I'd be happy to 
get some advice.

Many thanks,

Oren Shani

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