Presentation: CouchDB and Me
In this presentation from RubyFringe, Damien Katz, the creator of CouchDB, explains how CouchDB came to be.
Damien explains how he decided to build a database that incorporated some ideas he'd liked in Lotus Notes, in particular the idea of a document-oriented database. Damien explains why he chose Erlang, how the CouchDB came to be an Apache project and much more, in particular how he managed to create and work on a project like this.
Watch Damien Katz on "CouchDB and Me".
Thanks for making such cool software!
ismael Marin Cabrera
thank you Damien.
from the heart...
I've also taken a few years out in the past (and still going) to work on something I believe in which led to me doing a phd. Two questions, if I may:
(1) how do you get by without the cameraderie of the office?
--> I really like hanging out with people at work. this sort of goes when i'm working on my own. A year is too long for me.
(2) how do you cope with the stress when the money gets low?
--> i find that even if i'm quite close to finishing something, if the money gets low I get too stressed and i have to get a job. This tends to derail me for 6mths or so.
As one who's constantly bemoaning the lack of inventive spirit and passion in corporate software folk (mostly because it's seen as a money pot for the very douche bags/vapid bureaucrats that Damien talks about), it's heartening to hear this story. Not only that - I've played with couchdb and it really is cool and hopefully has a bright future.
Should be required watching for all. If you don't feel just a little bit like Damien from time to time, regardless of whether you sell your house to fund your dream, I'd suggest you're in the wrong field.
Re: from the heart...
as an aside, both Damian and Laura were kind enough to answer my questions on Damien's blog.
One of thew few presentation available here, I watched in one go to the end !
Interesting experience though, not all families would be willing to do this together (I guess).
Excellent Presentation, True and Inspriational