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From "matt j. sorenson" <>
Subject Re: The State of CouchDB 2013
Date Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:02:43 GMT
Really awesome stuff. Great job to all of you who are making it happen.
Thank you! & Hacky Holidays

On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I just published the transcript of my CouchDB Conf, Vancouver Keynote (
>, and I’d
> like to share it with you as well.
> My thanks to everyone who helped making this year the success it has been!
> <3
> * * *
> This is a rough transcript of the CouchDB Conf, Vancouver Keynote.
> ## Welcome
> Good morning everyone. I thank you all for coming on this fine day in
> Vancouver. I’m very happy to be here. My name is Jan Lehnardt and I am the
> Vice President of Apache CouchDB at the Apache Software Foundation, but
> that’s just a fancy title that means I have to do a bunch of extra work
> behind the scenes. I’m also a core contributor to Apache CouchDB and I am
> the longest active committer to the project at this point.
> I started helping out with CouchDB in 2006 and that feels like a lifetime
> ago. We’ve come a long way, we’ve shaped the database industry in a big
> way, we went though a phoenix from the ashes time and came out still
> inspiring future generations of developers to do great things.
> So it is with great honour that I get to be here on stage before you to
> take a look at the state of CouchDB.
> ## Numbers
> I’d like to start with some numbers:
> - In 2013 we **added 15 committers** to the project, up to a total of 30.
> Thats 2x the number of people regularly contributing to CouchDB!
> - The year isn’t yet over, but these committers already created 3x the
> commits of 2012. And they have committed more than in any other year in
> CouchDB’s history.
> - We have **shipped eight releases**: 1.0.4 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.3.0,
> 1.3.1, 1,4.0 and 1.5.0 just this year, that is up from one(!) last year.
>   - thanks to our new release schedule we are getting more features to
> more people faster by focusing on small iterative changes forward.
> - 20% more JIRA tickets and 50% more GitHub issues
> We have made a lot of changes in 2012 to make 2013 a great year for
> CouchDB and it sure looks like we succeeded and that 2014 is only going to
> trump that.
> I’d like to thank everyone on the team for their hard work.
> ## Currently
> We’ve just shipped CouchDB 1.5.0 last week and it comes with a few
> exciting new things as previews, for you to try out and play with and
> report any issues with back to us. And that is on top of all the regular
> bug fixing and other improvements.
> 1. A completely new developed admin UI, nicknamed Fauxton, that is poised
> to replace the much-loved, but increasingly dated Futon. I’d like to
> personally thank the Fauxton team: Sue “Deathbear” Lockwood, Russell
> “Chewbranca” Branca, Garren Smith and many more volunteers for their work
> as well as the company Cloudant for sponsoring a good chunk of that work.
> Great job everyone! Fauxton is going to be replacing Futon in one of the
> next few releases and will give us the foundation for the next stage of
> CouchDB’s life.
> 2. Plugins. While it was always possible to write plugins for CouchDB, you
> kind of had to be an expert in CouchDB to get started. We believe that
> writing plugins is a great gateway drug to getting more people to hack on
> CouchDB proper, so we made it simpler to build plugins and to install
> plugins into a running instance of CouchDB. It is still very early days, we
> don’t even have a plugin registry yet, but we are surely excited about the
> prospects of installing GeoCouch with a single click of a button in Futon
> or Fauxton. We also included a template plugin that you can easily extend
> and make your own, along with a guide to get you started.
> The plugins effort also supports a larger trend we are starting to follow
> with the CouchDB core codebase: decide on a well-defined core set of
> functionality and delegate more esoteric things to a rich plugin system
> That means we no longer have to decline the inclusion of useful code like
> we’ve done in the past, because it wasn’t applicable to the majority of
> CouchDB users. Now we can support fringe features and plugins that are only
> useful to a few of our users, but who really need them.
> 3. A Node.JS query server. CouchDB relies on JavaScript for a number of
> core features and we want to continue to do so. In order to keep up with
> the rapid improvements made to the JavaScript ecosystem we have tentative
> plans to switch from a Spidermonkey-driven query server to a V8-driven one.
> In addition, the Node.js project has a really good installation story,
> something that we had trouble with in the past, and includes a few
> utilities that make it very easy for us to switch the query server over.
> All this however is not to blindly follow the latest trends, but to
> encourage the community to take on the query server and introduce much
> needed improvements. The current view server is a tricky mix of JS, Erlang
> and C and we are not seeing many people daring to jump into that. In a
> second step we expect these improvements to trickle down to the other query
> server implementations like Python or PHP and make things better for
> everyone. For now this is also a developer preview and we are inviting all
> Node.js developers to join us and build a a better query server.
> 4. Docs landed in 1.4.0, but 1.5.0 is seeing a major update to the now
> built-in documentation system. With major thanks to Alexander Shorin,
> Dirkjan Ochtmann and Dave Cottlehuber who were instrumental in that effort,
> CouchDB now has “really good docs” instead of a “really crappy wiki”, that
> are shipped with every release and are integrated with Futon and Fauxton.
> ## Beyond
> The immediate next area of focus for the CouchDB project is the merging of
> two forks: BigCouch and rcouch.
> BigCouch is a [Dynamo](
> implementation on top of CouchDB that manages a cluster of machines and
> makes them look as a single one, adding performance improvements and fault
> tolerance to a CouchDB installation. This is a major step in CouchDB’s
> evolution as it was designed for such a system from the start, but the core
> project never included a way to use and manage a cluster. Cloudant have
> donated their BigCouch codebase to the Apache project already and we are
> working on an integration.
> rcouch is a what I would call a “future port” of CouchDB by longtime
> committer and contributor Benoit Chesneau. rcouch looks like CouchDB would,
> if we started fresh today with a modern architecture. Together with
> BigCouch’s improvements, this will thoroughly modernise CouchDB’s codebase
> to the latest state of the art of Erlang projects. rcouch also includes a
> good number of nifty features that make a great addition to CouchDB’s core
> feature set and some great plugins.
> Finally, we’ve just started an effort to set up infrastructure and called
> for volunteers to translate the CouchDB documentation and admin interface
> into all major languages. Driven by Andy Wenk from Hamburg, we already have
> a handful of people signed up to help with translations for a number of
> different languages.
> This is going to keep us busy for a bit and we are looking forward to ship
> some great releases with these features.
> ## tl;dr
> 2013 was a **phenomenal** year for Apache CouchDB. 2014 is poised to be
> even greater, there are more people than ever pushing CouchDB forward and
> there is plenty of stuff to do and hopefully, we get to shape some more of
> the future of computing.
> Thank you!
> * * *
> Best
> Jan
> --

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