The five “Next Big Things” in open source

Alex Handy
December 9, 2010 —  (Page 4 of 6)

The flirtation with NoSQLs is over; the databases will actually have to perform in the real world to remain relevant in 2011. One NoSQL that isn't receiving heaps of scorn in the trough of disillusionment is CouchDB.

Mu Dynamics' CTO Kowsik Guruswamy was so moved by the use of CouchDB in one of his company's products that he was driven to blog, tongue-in-cheek, about how the project makes building a startup too easy. “CouchDB written in Erlang is honestly spooky,” he wrote.

“With an uptime of eight months and memory utilization of 0.1%, we think it’s actually survived a few power outages too! The joy of running an online community site is the debugging, thinking and solving locking and concurrency issues, outages, and how best to scale the site as the traffic continues to increase.

"CouchDB has taken all that fun away. Things just work, we never have to see why something’s broken and not worry too much about scaling. This means we don’t have to hire more people to manage the site, which means we can’t show the investors and our customers that we are growing rapidly."

CouchDB is also quickly become a go-to database for mobile developers. That's because CouchDB is all about distributed unreliably connected data stores, where information can still be stored while devices are disconnected from the network. Data corruption in CouchDB is nigh impossible, as the database has no turn-off button, just the kill switch. CouchDB remains a compelling choice for both server and handheld development.

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