CouchDB "Won't be a puppet of IBM"
I had a chat with Jan Lehnardt, VP of Apache CouchDB and chair of its Apache Project Management Committee, Noah Slater, another independent PMC memeber, and Bob Newson, a senior engineer at Cloudant and a member of the PMC, and they both insisted CouchDB "won't be a puppet of IBM," even if Cloudant is, for now, the most influential committer. The PMC has 11 people and only 4 of them work for Cloudant while the wider body of committers includes more than 40 people, with less than 50% employed by Cloudant, according to Slater.
"Erlang lets people build complex systems with way-smaller teams," Lehnardt said. "I don't need 100 Java developers to build a database, I need 5 people, though we have a lot more than that."
"I couldn't imagine bringing the kind of service and reliability that Cloudant provides using Java," added Newson. "Java doesn't have the separation between processes and the time slicing that the Erlang VM provides. A lot of the really good decisions in Erlang are predicated on delivering services that are highly reliable."