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CouchDB is a schema-free document database. But now that the NoSQL movement is in full swing, there are several document databases to choose from, so why choose Couch? Two things really set CouchDB apart from the rest: its map/reduce views and its RESTful API. Since the API is RESTful, you can easily use Couch from any platform that can talk HTTP. The benefits go way beyond that, though.


Will Leinweber is been using CouchDB exclusively for the last year and half and recently became a maintainer of the couchrest gem. Currently he's a cofounder at which merges fans and musicians during the songwriting process. Will (infrequently) blogs at, and is @leinweber on twitter.

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Apr 13, 2011

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  • CouchDB is NOT RESTful

    by Rickard Öberg,

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    CouchDB is NOT RESTful. Please read this:

    There is nothing wrong with not having a RESTful API, but please oh please don't say you have one when it takes a minute to figure out that you don't. Thanks.

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    by N T,

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    Interesting talk, I definitively feel more comfortable giving it a spin after watching this talk, but I'm still not convinced it is much easier than say Hibernate over SQL with table auto-generation.

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