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LazyBoy Object Modeller

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Oh my word... What have you done?

LazyBoy makes it easier to build applications with Couchdb. It removes the repeatable cruft and makes working with Couchdb as fun as it should be.

4 easy steps to installation

  1. Download

    npm install lazyboy

  2. Connect to database

    var Model = require('lazyboy') Model.create_connection("my_database");

  3. Define a model

    Model.define('User', { name: String surname: {type: String, default: "Rambo"} })

  4. Read the docs:

How do I use this it?

Below is a quick cheatsheet but the docs can be found at

Defining a model

var Model = require('LazyBoy');

Model.define('User', {
  name: String
  surname: {type: String, default: "Rambo"}

Creating and saving a model

var user = Model.create('User', {name: "John", surname: "Rambo"}); (err, saved_user) {
    // .. do some other stuff here

Finding a model

Finding by Id

var user_id = "123456";

var User = Model('User');
User.find(user_id, function (err, user) {
    // .. do something with the user

Find all or by criteria

var User = Model('User');
User.all(function (err, users) {
    // .. do something with the user

var User = Model('User');
User.where("name","Ben", function (err, users) {
    // .. do something with the users

Find first by criteria

var User = Model('User');
User.findFirst('name', 'Ben', function (err, user){
  // .. do something with the user

Custom View

var Band = Model.define("Band",{rank: Number, name: String});

  map: function (doc) {
    if (doc.model_type === 'Band') {

  .startkey([2, "Incubus"])
  .endkey([3, {}])
  .skip(3, function (err, bands) {
   // will only execute the chain when a function has a callback passed to it


Logging has been disabled for now.

What needs doing?

  • Define model_type field stored in db
  • Multiple db support
  • Improved logging


  • 16 May 2013 - Add findFirst
  • 24 October 2012 - Add Chainable Api
  • 25 July 2012 - Bug fixes, change tests to mocha
  • 20 July 2012 - Added toJSON function on Document
  • 11 Nov 2011 - Added Validations using node-validator
  • 13 Sep 2011 - Add Id to serialised model
  • 11 Sep 2011 - Add Before And After Remove Callbacks (Donnie Hedin)
  • 17 Aug 2011 - Add support for custom methods


  • Sven Bergström (underscorediscovery)
  • Donnie Hedin (sofa420)
  • 8bitDesigner