CouchDB Weekly News, July 02, 2015

Major Discussions

Building CouchDB 2.0 (see thread)

Here are a few more todos, all 2.0-tagged issues on JIRA and open
Pull Requests listed, in addition to the list that was shared in the ML last week. Near goal: Get a first feature complete version of CouchDB 2.0 out as a Release Candidate or Beta release.

Continuous Integration Redux (see thread)

On dev@ efforts to grow a CouchDB CI team have been initiated to be able to guarantee quality across many platforms and configuration. This is crucial especially in regard of the upcoming 2.0 release, testing on multiple operating systems, different operating system versions, dependency versions and configurations (and Windows!) will be required.

Help is needed! Looking for someone or a group of people that are interested in assuming ownership of the CouchDB Continuous Integration operations (See the thread for details and requirements. The discussion now goes further into structure and optional tools of the future CI system.)

Recover space imposed by 4K minimum document size? (see thread)

A user@ dealt with an issue with compaction used via the _utils UI and the database exceeding the size of the posted documents disproportionately, which was solved by triggering the compaction directly from the API with curl.

ApacheCon Core & Big Data EU (see thread)

This year ApacheCon has grown to two events – Apache: Big Data (September 28 – 30th) and ApacheCon: Core, (October 1-2) both in Budapest. Call for talk proposals for ApacheCon ended on July 1st. Several talk submissions have entered by CouchDB contributors and members. The idea of a small summit or BarCamp Apache space could be realised during the events is likely to be pursued.

[PROPOSAL] Fauxton config and the new config API (see thread)

Last week we got a new API endpoint: _node/<fqdn>/_config
While working with the API and explaining the new config section in Fauxton to people issues for for multi-node-setups became clear. The proposal for the config section in Fauxton: Detect if we are running in “Single Node Mode”.

parsing json (see thread)

On user@ it was asked which tool is used in CouchDB to parse the JSON-documents: couchdb-jiffy ia a C-implementation of a JSON parser, though there is a discussion to move back to mochijson2 (native Erlang). Also view results are serialised by SpiderMonkey’s native JSON.stringify();.

Releases in the CouchDB Universe

Opinions and other News in the CouchDB Universe

Use Cases, Questions and Answers

Stack Overflow:

no public answer yet (Stack Overflow):

For more new questions and answers about CouchDB, see these search results.

Use Cases, Questions and Answers (PouchDB)

no public answer yet (Stack Overflow):

For more new questions and answers about PouchDB, see these search results.

Get involved!

If you want to get into working on CouchDB:

  • We have an infinite number of open contributor positions on CouchDB. Submit a pull request and join the project!
  • Do you want to help us with the work on the new CouchDB website? Get in touch on our new website mailing list and join the website team! – www@couchdb.apache.org
  • The CouchDB advocate marketing programme is just getting started. Join us in CouchDB’s Advocate Hub!
  • CouchDB has a new wiki. Help us move content from the old to the new one!
  • Can you help with Web Design, Development or UX for our Admin Console? No Erlang skills required! – Get in touch with us.
  • Do you want to help moving the CouchDB docs translation forward? We’d love to have you in our L10n team! See our current status and languages we’d like to provide CouchDB docs in on this page. If you’d like to help, don’t hesitate to contact the L10n mailing list on l10n@couchdb.apache.org or ping Andy Wenk (awenkhh on IRC).

We’d be happy to welcome you on board!

Events

Job opportunities for people with CouchDB skills

Time to relax!

  • “The system itself is rather loosely organized with no one really “in charge.” As computer coordinator Ross Lenet put it, “It’s amazing it even works at all.” – In 1993, This Is What I Wrote About The Internet Coming To My High School
  • “Few things are hurting the tech industry more than that surprised look on your face when you meet someone who doesn’t conform to your idea of who works here. For all of the things that we say about how you don’t have to be a stereotypical computer nerd to be in this industry, it’s precisely through our surprised reactions we suggest otherwise.” – Stop Acting So Surprised: How Microaggressions Enforce Stereotypes in Tech
  • “Additionally, coding camps are not doing enough to bridge the bias and legitimacy gap their graduates will face in job searches. A ‘brogrammer’ just out of devcamp can talk about how quickly he is sure to pick up RSpec and still get the position. A queer woman will be looked at as if she is saying she doesn’t know how to open Terminal.” – Programmer Legitimacy: Earned, Bought, or Borrowed?
  • “The day that Facebook decided my name was not real enough and summarily cut me off from my friends, family and peers and left me with the stark choice between using my legal name or using a name people would know me by. … there’s a twist: I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge.” – My name is only real enough to work at Facebook, not to use on the site
  • “I couldn’t be happier that all gay couples can now access each other’s Social Security benefits, file their taxes jointly, adopt children, and more easily emigrate to be with each other. I just wish marriage weren’t the only path to these benefits.” – I’m Pro Gay Equality. Pro Marriage? Less So.
  • “The logical conclusion seems to be that simply spending money on diversity initiatives meant to attract the attention of non-white, non-male potential hires once their careers are already underway is a bandaid on a larger cultural problem.” – The 21st Century Has Really Not Been Great For Women And Minorities In STEM

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CouchDB Weekly News, June 25, 2015

Major Discussions

The new 2.0 build tools just landed in master (see thread)

A CouchDB 2.0 build script, that started in February 11th, was merged June 24th. A major rework was started last week making a new ./configure script that comes with extensive unit tests for the CouchDB project and accepts most of the customisation options of a GNU./configure that behaves according to the GNU Coding Standards. The result is, that CouchDB master and 2.0 will work similar to 1.x when concerning system installation behaviour. Now testing for different systems and configurations can begin. Feedback is highly appreciated.

DB size question (see thread)

A user was asking how to handle significant increase of DB volume and how to configure checkpoint_after, doc_buffer_size? The answer referred to a discussion about DB file size and a setting that helped reduce it: checkpoint_after = 5242880000 doc_buffer_size = 524288000

IP Clearance for couchperuser and docker-couchdb started (see thread)

IP Clearance procedure on general@incubator.a.o. was started and concluded this week.

[DISCUSSION] NMO to ASF (ongoing, SEE thread)

Process to move nmo – a tool to manage CouchDB clusters was written as part of COUCHDB-2598 – to ASF will get started.

SSL with self-signed certificates (see thread)

A user asked how to make CouchDB work with HTTPS and a self-signed certificate. The issues are that, depending on the client, the connection is accepted or refused. The discussion preceded on Stackoverflow. A current solution that was fond to use stunnel in front of CouchDB.

Releases in the CouchDB Universe

Opinions and other News in the CouchDB Universe

Use Cases, Questions and Answers

StackOverflow:

no public answer yet (StackOverflow):

Use Cases, Questions and Answers (PouchDB)

no public answer yet (StackOverflow):

For more new questions and answers about CouchDB, see these search results.

Get involved!

If you want to get into working on CouchDB:

  • We have an infinite number of open contributor positions on CouchDB. Submit a pull request and join the project!
  • Do you want to help us with the work on the new CouchDB website? Get in touch on our new website mailing list and join the website team! – www@couchdb.apache.org
  • The CouchDB advocate marketing programme is just getting started. Join us in CouchDB’s Advocate Hub!
  • CouchDB has a new wiki. Help us move content from the old to the new one!
  • Can you help with Web Design, Development or UX for our Admin Console? No Erlang skills required! – Get in touch with us.
  • Do you want to help moving the CouchDB docs translation forward? We’d love to have you in our L10n team! See our current status and languages we’d like to provide CouchDB docs in on this page. If you’d like to help, don’t hesitate to contact the L10n mailing list on l10n@couchdb.apache.org or ping Andy Wenk (awenkhh on IRC).

We’d be happy to welcome you on board!

Events

Job opportunities for people with CouchDB skills

Time to relax!

  • “It was while Kleiman was an undergraduate studying computer science that she came across a picture of  the first programmable computer, ENIAC. She noticed that while the men in the picture were captioned, the women were not. After making inquiries, she was told, dismissively, that the women were models. Suspicious … she dug and dug until she discovered … these six women were founders who created the first software app and the first sorting machine, and their story might never have been told if she hadn’t noticed something odd about that picture.” – The world’s first app creators
  • “A system with per-page payouts is a system that rewards cliffhangers and mysteries across all genres. It rewards anything that keeps people hooked, even if that means putting less of an emphasis on nuance and complexity.” – What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page? Amazon is about to find out.
  • “Most of the time when developing applications, we assume that people have permanent access to a broadband connection, no matter where they are in the world. … Let’s face it, … we are struggling with connectivity issues all the time, be it bad mobile coverage or expensive roaming. So why are most web sites and apps not prepared for that?” – Why offline-first matters, and what developers should know about it
  • “The inclusion of a playable female protagonist Evie Frye in Ubisoft’s Victorian-era proffering Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is extremely noteworthy, considering the controversy surrounding the release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity back in 2014, which, despite promises made by the publisher, did not feature a lady on the forefront because the developers couldn’t take the time out of their day to design one. (It’s also worth noting that technical director James Therien consistently referred to the hypothetical character as a ‘feature’, because women are obviously only accessories.)”– E3 2015 Showed Strides For Female Representation In Gamer Culture
  • “Those of us who have written, thought, or spoken about this — even in shadowed whispers — need to keep speaking out about call-out culture and toxic activism, both against the ideological purists who tell us we’re providing ammunition to the ‘enemy’ and the professional scapegoaters who seek to farm clicks and book advances off of this issue.” – So You’ve Been Publicly Scapegoated: Why We Must Speak Out On Call-Out Culture
  • “After four years of drawing regularly, I still sucked. I still wasn’t as good as the ones who had been drawing 10 times as often for 10 times as long. I could see that I was moving forward, but I could also see that I wasn’t at the end. On the other hand, I wasn’t at the beginning anymore.” – The damned annoying truth about sucking at things

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