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From Samuel Wan <>
Subject Re: how to do http request within server-side _show or _view functions?
Date Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:59:35 GMT
Thanks. What about validate_doc_update? My goal was to check a hashed
key in the document submitted by a user by comparing the key with a
stored document when the validate_doc_update is called.


On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 9:33 AM, Robert Newson <> wrote:
> I was just reading this (at
> "Show and list functions are side effect free and idempotent. *They
> can not make additional HTTP requests against CouchDB*. Their purpose
> is to render JSON documents in other formats."
> So they can't, and it's intentional.
> B.
> On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 4:38 PM, Samuel Wan <> wrote:
>> Is there a way to do an http request within the server-side _show or
>> _view functions, or is the JS context limited to what's defined by
>> Spidermonkey and main.js? My understanding is that Spidermonkey
>> doesn't provide an xmlhttprequest object.
>> Also, does CouchDB ship with an interactive javascript shell, or do
>> you have to build and install your own? I found the couchjs
>> executable, but it only interprets javascript files.
>> -Sam

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