Getting started with CouchDB: a beginner’s guide

Getting started with CouchDB

Apache CouchDB is one of a new breed of database management systems. These new systems are known as NoSQL. NoSQL is a buzz word term first popularized in early 2009 to describe a database that is non-SQL… NoSQL is a term for a loosely defined class of non-relational data stores that break with a long history of relational databases and ACID guarantees. Data stores that fall under this term may not require fixed table schemas.

The first reason I am quickly growing to love CouchDB, and hence decided to write this post is due to the fact that it is a document-oriented DB, rather then storing content into set tables, it allows us to store information, in a manor that is as flexible as an array.

For example here’s a sample document:

FirstName="Bob", Address="5 Oak St.", Hobby="sailing".

However another document could have this data:

FirstName="Jonathan", Address="									

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