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From Ryan Ramage <>
Subject Re: Run Local Button - Improving End User Experience
Date Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:20:35 GMT
After sitting on this, I really want to give this idea a go. I will make it
generic so that it's really easy to add to existing couchapps.

 One thing I need help with from the community is tracking down couchdb
binaries for various os's, tagged to the latest official release. For now I
would want to support at least win, mac, and ubuntu/debian.

I know dch has a great spot for windows binaries here:

Could someone point me to osx and ubuntu/debian binaries built against

On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM, Ryan Ramage <> wrote:

> I am in the mist of a idea, and wanted to run it past the community
> before I took it too far!
> As one of couches main features is the ability to replicate couchapps,
> I think it would be cool if couchapps
> could have a "Download + Run Local" button. Here is what clicking on
> that button would do:
> 1. Have a branded splash start for the couchapp.
> 2. Start a process that downloads the latest couchdb for the users os
> 3. Configures the local couch with some sane desktop defaults.
> 4. Starts replication with the source db.
> 5. After replication is complete, launch the local browser to the couchapp.
> After that, the user would have:
> 1. a system tray icon (branded for that app) with some menu options
> (open local site, open remote site, exit...)
> 2. a desktop/system menu launch icon.
> The main goal here is a smooth experience for an end user for running
> a local couchapp, sync'd with the original couch.
> Implementation
> I have most of the pieces for this already in some of the apps I have
> built. Here is what I imagine:
> 1. A 'webstart design doc'. A couchapp that would want to use this
> would install a design doc. It would look kind of like this:
>    Yes, it is using java webstart, which is an old technology, but I
> have found it working surprisingly well with couchdb.
> 2. A small java desktop process. Handles downloading, starting,
> stopping, and config of the couch.
>   Yes, many of you will say java, blah blah :) ...but I also can see
> having an optional couchdb-lucene, or elastic search, embedded in the
> java process, connected with the new externals.
> So I send it out there, what do you think. Would this be valuable?
> Thoughts? Pitfalls? Duplicate projects?
> Ryan
> --
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