Note: This post uses the the Couchbase Analytics Data Definition Language as of the version 5.5 preview release.  For updates and information on breaking changes in newer versions, please refer to Changes to the Couchbase Analytics Service.

For the Couchbase Connect Silicon Valley conference last fall we built one of the most extensive demonstrations of the Couchbase Data Platform capabilities ever using a combined web and mobile application. The application incorporates dynamic N1QL queries, offline mobile, IoT sensors, ad hoc queries with analytics, cross-data center replication, failover, fuzzy text matching, and a slew of other features. In short, we aimed to show the core of a complete, realistic use, based on a real data standard (FHIR) used in healthcare. Check out the video from the conference here.

A deployment of this complexity necessarily requires quite a bit of setup. Along with the source code for the project, I’ve included both regular shell scripts and scripts to use with Docker to simplify running the demo yourself.

Sometimes seeing it all put together by hand is really helpful, though. With that in mind, I made a video showing every step needed to configure the demo. I go quickly, and sped up parts to get it all crunched in to 15 minutes. (Realistically, even with practice, it takes about 1/2 an hour.)

Watch the full video, or use this table of contents to jump to sections directly.

Table of Contents:

00:33 – Web Server and Client Setup
01:15 – Server-Side Urban Airship Configuration
01:51Couchbase Server Basic Setup
03:04Bucket Creation
04:00Query Index Creation
04:42Eventing Service
05:54cURL Access Restrictions
06:20 – Configuring Analytics
07:02Full-Text Search
10:22Importing Data
11:52 – Start Sync Gateway
12:29 – Mobile Application


Feel free to post questions in the comments section of the video, on our forum, or you can reach me directly on Twitter.


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Posted by Hod Greeley, Developer Advocate, Couchbase

Hod Greeley is a Developer Advocate for Couchbase, living in Silicon Valley. He has over two decades of experience as a software engineer and engineering manager. He has worked in a variety of software fields, including computational physics and chemistry, computer and network security, finance, and mobile. Prior to joining Couchbase in 2016, Hod led developer relations for mobile at Samsung. Hod holds a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Columbia University.

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