CouchDB 2.0 adds clustering and an easier query language

Nearly two years after its initial availability as a developer preview, version 2.0 of the Apache Software Foundation’s NoSQL database solution CouchDB is finally out.

Many of the major features address performance, especially CouchDB’s newly added support for clustering. But the most notable improvement appears to be a query language that helps address the long-standing complaint that CouchDB is tough for beginners to work with.

Easier to talk to

Mango Query is based on a MongoDB-like syntax that was donated by commercial CouchDB outfit Cloudant (now part of IBM) under its original name, Cloudant Query. CouchDB has given it a new name and reintroduced other features separately developed by Cloudant, such as full-text search.

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