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Presentation: CouchDB and Me

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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".

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  • Fantastic Presentation

    by Kent Fenwick /

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    Inspirational! I loved it.

    Thanks for making such cool software!

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    I really love this talk i want all my students to watch this great life example,

    thank you Damien.

  • Truly inspirational.

    by Manoj Waikar /

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    Thanks for this 'straight from the heart' presentation. Wish you tons of good luck and success.

  • from the heart...

    by andrew mcveigh /

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    Excellent presentation, many thanks for sharing. The best inspirational presentation I've seen on programming.

    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.

    Andrew

  • Great

    by Julian Browne /

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    I can only echo what others have already said about this presentation.

    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.

    Nice one.

    Julian

  • Re: from the heart...

    by andrew mcveigh /

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    >Two questions, if I may:

    as an aside, both Damian and Laura were kind enough to answer my questions on Damien's blog.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  • Thanks

    by Sven H. /

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    Simple presentation ! Catch me more than animated-to-dead and text-overloaded small recipes slides.
    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).
    Thanks
    Sven

  • Excellent Presentation, True and Inspriational

    by Amitabh Akolkar /

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    Great Presentation from the heart.

  • very cool

    by Lance Pollard /

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    Thanks so much for this talk, we need to hear this stuff every now and then :). Keeps us pushing harder.

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