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From Chris Anderson <jch...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: partial/diff updates?
Date Fri, 28 Nov 2008 00:06:29 GMT
The question becomes why not just use seperate docs?

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On Nov 27, 2008, at 1:38 PM, Antony Blakey <antony.blakey@gmail.com>  
wrote:

>
> On 28/11/2008, at 3:29 AM, Timo Isokoski wrote:
>
>> Is this talk about the "diff" feature related to
>>
>> a) How CouchDB physically stores the data on disk
>> b) How data is transmitted between the client and CouchDB
>>
>> In case a) I think diffs are the devil and it goes aganist the  
>> simplicity of
>> CouchDB:s inner workings. In case b), wouldn't it be easy to  
>> implement some
>> kind of a prototype of this feature as a "proxy server" on top of  
>> CouchDB.
>> The proxy could route the normal requests directly to CouchDB and  
>> the actual
>> diff requests could be handled like this:
>> 1. GET the original document from Couch
>> 2. Apply diff
>> 3. PUT the modified document back to the Couch
>>
>> The functionality can then be integrated into CouchDB inself if the
>> prototype works well and and people start using it.
>
> It's case b. Integrating it with CouchDB to test it isn't that  
> difficult - certainly not difficult enough to justify implementing  
> it as a separate proxy, which IMO would involve lots of unnecessary  
> scaffolding.
>
> Those 3 steps are exactly what you would do as a plugin/extension.
>
> I think that any real-world application that justifies partial  
> updates probably also justifies partial gets, and not just a single  
> access path selection.
>
> Antony Blakey
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> other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious  
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>
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