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From svilen>
Subject Re: Beginners approach of designing documents
Date Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:48:22 GMT
It depends what are the goals of the usage. And who/what is doing the
user-dispatch (access/rights).
 * if u need all the books of all users, u should somehow get them all
together in one db (does not mean The only db).
 * if u need each user to access (and replicate) only hir stuff, then
   keep it in separate db. Or keep them all together and make the
   access-control on top of it, outside couchdb (but no
   easy replication).
 * u can keep same thing on multiple places. via internal
   replications, auto or manual.
 * replications are easy in couchdb. relations are not that easy.

For your case u can put everything in one db (or 2, or 3, depending
on your wish, but not data-needs), thus couchdb being just a
server-only data-storage, and then make all user-access related
stuff/filtering on top. U can have sort-a relations by putting both
ends of relation in single view, then ordering/grouping them.

If u later need per-user replication (e.g. move to mobile, so users
can have their stuff on their devices), u can organise extra internal
per-user db that is replicating only that-user stuff from/to main db.
And then replicate that one to external world. But i guess this is too


On Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:30:13 +0200
Christian Grobmeier <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> for more than a decade I used relational databases. For a tiny
> project I would like to try NoSQL and CouchDB and see for myself why
> people are so fond of it. For me it is not much about tons of data. I
> am using AngularJS and PHP and thought a schemaless database would
> fit nicely.
> While I think I found the approach for most of my app, I am unsure
> about one specific thing. I would like to enable my users to register
> and add a book to their personal collection.
> My approach would be to create a database with books first. Like:
> {_id: 1, functional:"my-book", title:"my title", ... }
> Second I would like to create a database with my users, like:
> {_id: 20, email : "", pass : "hashed", salt : "salt",
> books : [ 1, 2, 3, 4 ...] }
> When a user logs in, I would like to search for him by email and check
> user credentials. When it succeeds I would look up all the books in
> his collection.
> On the net somebody wrote I should create a database per user. But
> this seems completely wrong to me. Right?
> I am a little concerned because I am referencing books from my user
> object. Is this the right approach?
> Or do I miss something?
> Glad over all links, points, hints and so on.
> Thanks!
> Christian

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