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CouchDB is a document-oriented database that uses JSON documents, has a RESTful HTTP API, and is queried using map/reduce views. Each of these properties alone, especially MapReduce views, may seem foreign to developers more familiar with relational databases. This tutorial will teach web developers the concepts they need to get started using CouchDB in their projects. CouchDB’s RESTful HTTP API makes it suitable for interfacing with any programming language. CouchDB libraries are available for many programming languages and we will take a look at some of the more popular ones.
Bradley Holt is a web developer, entrepreneur, free/open source software contributor, community facilitator, speaker, and an author. He is the co-founder of Found Line, a creative studio with capabilities in web development, web design, and print design. He is a minor contributor of source code, bug reports, or documentation to several free/open source projects including PHP and Zend Framework. He organizes the Burlington, Vermont PHP Users Group and is a co-organizer of Vermont Code Camp. He has spoken at SXSW Interactive, OSCON, OSCON Data, the jQuery Conference, ZendCon, and CouchConf. He is the author of Writing and Querying MapReduce Views in CouchDB and Scaling CouchDB, both published by O’Reilly Media.