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Damien Katz
Creator of CouchDB and CouchOne Founder
CouchDB and CouchOne


Damien Katz is the creator of CouchDB and founder of CouchOne. He began his engineering career working on Lotus Notes for Iris Associates, acquired by IBM. Further work at MySQL cemented his database engineering credibility. With a number of patents under his belt and broad acknowledgement of the superior sync capabilities of Notes, Damien set out to create a new kind of database better suited to the needs of web and cloud computing.

In April, 2005 he posted on his blog about a new database engine he was working on, stating it would be a "storage system for a large scale object database" and that it would be called CouchDB (Cluster Of Unreliable Commodity Hardware). It was designed from the ground up to serve web applications and was written the Erlang OTP platform because of its world class reliability and concurrency. In 2008, it became a top-level Apache project maintained at the Apache Software Foundation. In 2009, Damien, founded CouchOne.

Damien's Website

Twitter: @damienkatz

Damien Katz is Giving the Following Talks
CouchDB and Erlang: Mobile and Flexible

Erlang is ideal for writing robust highly concurrent applications and allows for a flexible design that is easily scalable and readily extensible. CouchDB's replication and sync capabilities make it ideal as a datastore on mobile devices. What happens when you put all these components two together? During his talk, Damien Katz will provide a brief introduction to CouchDB, illustrate how CouchDB functions as a datastore for mobile devices and the challenges of porting to mobile environments like iOS and explain its native replication capability to solve user issues with low, intermittent or no internet connectivity.

Target audience: Medium technical level with an interest in web or mobile dev.

Talk objectives: To show how Erlang can run on constrained devices like mobile phones. And how CouchDB's data sharing model is a good fit for that.