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From Nils Breunese <>
Subject Re: couchdb and linked data
Date Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:47:50 GMT
Benoit Chesneau wrote:

> 2009/6/18 Nils Breunese <>:
>> Yes, being able to write show functions is nice, but you'll have to request
>> another URL if you want the document in a non-JSON format, which is not
>> really the REST way of doing business.
>> Of course you can just always request the show function URL, also for JSON
>> output, but AFAIK the output of show functions is not prerendered by CouchDB
>> (yet?), so performance-wise it might be better to go to the document-URL
>> itself directly if you want JSON. Are there any plans to (maybe optionally)
>> prerender the output of show functions? Maybe this is even possible for list
>> functions if heads, rows and tails are prerendered separately?
> Something like this woudl allow you to follow REST principle :
> function(doc, req) {
>   return respondWith(req, {
>     "html": return { body: "somehtml" },
>     "json": return { "headers": "Content-Type: application/json", json: doc }
>   }
> }
> But only for get for now.

Yeah, that is what I described and implemented. You'd need "json: return 
toJSON(doc);" though.

I don't think list views can be prerendered, as there are dynamic things 
like rowcounts that can't be prerendered AFAIK, but our application 
would benefit from prerendered show views for our documents.

Any idea what the overhead of serving JSON via toJSON(doc) in a content 
negotiation show function is over getting the JSON document directly?

Nils Breunese.

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