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CouchDB: Roll Your Own, Or Go With a Service? 54

Nerval's Lobster writes "Developer and editor Jeff Cogswell asks: When it comes to implementing a CouchDB installation, do you roll your own, or go with a service that provides a hosted version of the database? He takes a look at some of the technologies present in CouchDB that can greatly influence that decision. His conclusion? Like all things, it's a little complicated. 'If you're going to be self-hosting—unless you're working on a really small system—don't use the basic CouchDB for anything,' he writes. 'If you want scalability, either go with Couchbase or BigCouch, or wait until Cloudant's BigCouch merger into CouchDB is officially available.' But going with a host also creates its own things to watch for, including potential issues with replication and eventual consistency."
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CouchDB: Roll Your Own, Or Go With a Service?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 01, 2013 @11:30AM (#44447025)

    And maybe a handful of Excel sheets, but only if you have lots of data.

    • noob, real pros use access!
  • by korbulon ( 2792438 ) on Thursday August 01, 2013 @11:37AM (#44447107)
    Make sure Cosmo Spacely doesn't find out.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Unless the host you choose is within 5-10ms of your server network-wise you should always self-host.

    An average site makes many queries per page to the database. The latency adds up fast. People often fail to understand this and end up with very slow sites and/or very frustrated developers.

  • TFA being hosted on en being unreachable, we are led to the conclusion that /. /.-ed itself. Hooray !
  • by Kadagan AU ( 638260 ) <kadagan@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Thursday August 01, 2013 @12:07PM (#44447403) Journal
    What's a CouchDB? This seems like a niche subject without any description..
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's a lot like /dev/null except that sometimes you might be able to get out from it some data that you put in.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Like /dev/null, it's web scale.

  • This could be a very compelling business model. Instead of producing physical goods like sofas and counches one could project them virtually using holograms and force fields. Couch service providers would be able to offer a wide array of couches virtually as a service. However I suspect if you fail to pay your bill on time your couch may become incresingly uncomfortable to sit in.

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  • Aside from the name and the founder, there is very little in common between CouchDB and Couchbase.

    I'm pretty sure that Couchbase is initially being built around memcache.

    • by rwa2 ( 4391 ) *

      It's getting there...

      The people who made CouchDB bought NorthScale, the people who made Membase, which was an attempt to get memcached to automagically store all of its data in a backend database, so the lazy front-end devs would no longer have to worry about doing the whole "is it in memcache? get it from memcache : get it from DB and put it in memcache" logic.

      Couchbase 1.8 was still using SQLite as its backend database. But starting from Couchbase 2.0 they managed to start using CouchDB as the backend, w

  • If whatever you're building is large enough that you think you're unable to host your own small NoSQL database, is it time to reconsider using a small NoSQL database?

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