CouchDB Summit in Boston

The first CouchCamp was over 18 months ago, and since then things have changed significantly, from the open-sourcing of @Cloudant’s fork of BigCouch, and subsequent merger, the departure of CouchDB’s founder @damienkatz, from the project, subsequent addition of two new committers and the recently released 1.2.0. That’s a whole lot to take in!

@sbisbee from Cloudant whupped our raggedy butts into shape and a bunch of core couch people hung out in Boston for 910 April at @bocoup’s nice offices for the CouchDB Summit, two days (and nights) of pure couch. Coincidentally, Bocoup also have a Red Couch. Significant!!

The get-together was long overdue to spend some quality time talking CouchDB & Couch stuff, and while it was a great opportunity to see what apps and functionality people had been building in and around CouchDB, the real value was to talk about features & roadmaps, making Couch more accessible to the community including packagers, maintainers, users, and developers. I have renewed confidence in both the community, and the code that is going to come out of the project.

You’ll see more of this both on my blog, on the CouchDB mailing list, and also soon in my new @CouchDBWeekly newsletter/blog/propaganda/evangelism site - soon to come.

Finally, huge kudos to @sbisbee, @bocoup, and @cloudant for organising us, sharing your home with us, and helping fund this!

While I was there, I got to see some fantastic things are being done with CouchDB now, both client-side on smartphones and tablets, and also with back-end plumbing in and around node.js. I could have spent a week just listening to people and discussing and learning about the smart things they’re doing with CouchDB. Some links for you to chew on are kan.so, and two hot forks of CouchDB, refuge and pouchdb. Inspiring stuff!

Also, version 1.2.0 hit the mirrors last week with a bang, and the internet resounded with tweetz. This release has been a long time cooking, and it is chock full of goodies to make even the most hardened SQL fanatics take a second look. We feel it’s a validation of the Apache Way, and demonstrates the value of community over code in developing and delivering high-quality software. And we think you’ll like the result - check it out on our new site!