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From "Simon Porritt" <>
Subject hierarchies with inheritance
Date Fri, 02 Jan 2009 20:45:10 GMT
I'm wondering if anyone has some tricks up their sleeve to do with
hierarchical data and inheritance.

I've seen this on the Wiki:

So the scenario I'm interested in is something like this:

i have websites in several countries.  there is a unique set of operational
settings required for each site - two good examples are the language it uses
and the currency it trades in.  i want to store these settings in couchdb in
such a way that each site has a "parent" site, from which it derives
values.  i will have one document that models the top of the inheritance
hierarchy, and in it i will put default values - let's say USD and US
English.  then i will have a document for my Australian sites.  it will not
bother to override the language, but it will want to say that currency is
AUD.  so now i have this:





is there a fancy way of writing a view that would allow me to get the
"australia" document returned with a language value of "en_US"?  I know i
can do this in the client : )  But i don't want to - and that is because i
like the idea of one of my business people coming along and being able to
run "ad-hoc" queries about our data.  what if someone suddenly decided they
wanted to know how many sites are using US English, for example?  if every
document had the language value set it would be a snack, but then all the
power of inheritance would be lost.

does this make sense?  i hope i've explained it adequately.



ps. i know i can do this in the client : )

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