Writing and Querying MapReduce Views in CouchDB

Writing and Querying MapReduce Views in CouchDB: Indexing and Querying DocumentsMy first book, Writing and Querying MapReduce Views in CouchDB, has been published by O’Reilly Media. It is a short and concise ebook with step-by-step instructions and lots of sample code. Most examples are provided both in Futon and using CouchDB’s RESTful HTTP API (using cURL).

In my experience, web developers who are new to CouchDB often encounter three main barriers to understanding and using CouchDB. First, its JSON documents. Second, its RESTful HTTP API. Third, its MapReduce views. The first two are fairly straightforward and many web developers already have experience with JSON and RESTful HTTP APIs. Once you understand the benefits of using JSON as a document format and exposing the database through a RESTful HTTP API, then understanding MapReduce views becomes the main barrier.

The goal of this book is to walk readers through both writing MapReduce views and then querying these same views. Both the Map and Reduce steps are explained separately. Several example Map functions are demonstrated and the built-in Reduce functions are covered. There are also discussions about custom Reduce functions and the limitations of MapReduce. There are examples of creating both temporary views and saving views permanently to design documents. Finally, there is a chapter on querying views which talks about range queries, limiting rows, skipping rows, reversing results, exact grouping, group levels, and including the original documents in query results.

P.S. If you are a blogger and would like to review this book, then please ping me and let me know.

One Comment

  1. Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the book, Bradley!