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From a rubyist's perspective, CouchDB was a major catalyst in reigniting interest in non-SQL databases—a long-standing cyclical occurrence—this time in the realm of web development.

CouchDB caused a lot of web developers to question what they really needed out of their data store, driving a lot of early popularity, but it turns out that it's not precisely what most web apps need. MongoDB seems to be designed much more to answer this question directly, rather than solving the interesting but perhaps slightly more esoteric problems that CouchDB addresses.

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