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From Mikeal Rogers <>
Subject Re: Proposal for changes in view server/protocol
Date Mon, 02 Aug 2010 18:49:52 GMT
Back up a few steps.

The view server line protocol while being terribly defined and taking
breaking changes in almost every release has still maintained a fair amount
of alternate implementations in languages other than JavaScript. I seriously
doubt that we would see this kind of diverse additions to CouchDB if the
barrier to integrating was writing erlang. We shouldn't fix fundamental
problems with the view server protocol and architecture solely by moving it
in to erlang.

I'm also *highly* skeptical of the perceived performance benefits of moving
the js in to erlang compared to moving away from full JSON parsing and just
doing selective parsing/validation and storing the JSON string as opposed to
the native erlang representation. I can write this idea up in greater detail
in another thread but the native JSON parser in *any* language is likely to
be faster than something that parses the native erlang terms so it's only
faster on the erlang side to not hit the serialization again which we would
get if we stored the string+parsed underscore properties instead of the full
native erlang terms.

Not to mention the security and durability considerations of moving the view
server in to erlang. There is a reason erlang views aren't enable by


On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 11:39 AM, Jason Smith <> wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 01:35, Randall Leeds <>
> wrote:
> > Either way we're waiting for a response from couch to call back into
> > JS, it's just whether we're calling the original function or the
> > continuation.
> > I don't have a strong preference either way, but I do slightly favor
> > the callback continuation as a mild style preference.
> >
> I have to say, callback style is way nicer. I have not thought about how
> that would look from non-Javascript query servers though.
> > In either case, do we have to add some new response format so the
> > query server can say "Hey call me again and tell me what to do with
> > this result?"
> > In other words, both of our suggestions can work on top of the same
> > change that needs to happen to the view server line protocol, so you
> > can code up either one and we can settle on what it should look like
> > to people writing update handlers later, no?
> >
> I suppose so. But I am unclear because earlier in the thread I posted
> working code that allows me to handle save conflicts (or validation
> failures) from within javascript, with no change to the line protocol.
> (That
> is about all it has going for it in fact!)
> --
> Jason Smith
> Couchio Hosting

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