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qewd-jsdb: Showcase for In-process multi-model JavaScript Database

Rob Tweed
29 November 2019, M/Gateway Developments Ltd

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About this Repository

This repository is a showcase demonstrating the power and capabilities of QEWD-JSdb.

It includes 2 versions:

  1. A Dockerised version of QEWD that will run on any Linux system or on a Raspberry Pi

  2. A version that will run on the InterSystems AWS Community Edition of IRIS

What is QEWD-JSdb?

Every instance of QEWD includes an in-process multi-model database which we refer to as QEWD-JSdb.

This database is powered by one of two actual database technologies:

  1. The Open Source YottaDB, which is the database bundled into the Dockerised version of QEWD

  2. The proprietary IRIS database from InterSystems

As far as QEWD-JSdb is concerned, both these databases work identically, and all the QEWD-JSdb database models are fully-supported in both databases.

QEWD-JSdb is a mult-model SQL & NoSQL Database which currently supports:

  • document database / persistent JavaScript Objects
  • Redis-like Lists
  • Redis-like Key/Value store
  • Relational Database (with SQL support)
  • Persistent XML DOM (with XPath support)

Further database models (eg Graph) would easily be possible to develop in future.

You can create and maintain any or all of these database models simultaneously, and, indeed you can apply different views to the same physical database.

What really sets QEWD-JSdb apart from every other database you're likely to come across is that it runs in-process with Node.js (ie rather than running on a separate server, linked to Node.js via a network connection). JavaScript is used to directly manipulate the database, and the various database models (with the exception of the Relational abstraction) are implemented directly in JavaScript / Node.js. You can find the actual logic for these database models in the ewd-document-store repository.

In QEWD-JSdb, the JavaScript you write in Node.js has an intimate relationship with the database, and it blurs the use of in-memory versus persistent on-disk data structures.

It's also incredibly fast: both YottaDB and IRIS are extremely high-performance databases, capable of reading and writing millions of key/value pairs per second, even on modest hardware.

This showcase is designed to allow you to quickly discover the unique and incredible capabalities of QEWD-JSdb.

What is Included in this Showcase Repository?

This repository includes:

  • a very rapid installer script for the Dockerised version, which will allow you to be fully up and running in literally just a few minutes

  • alternatively, a simple set of steps to get it fully working with the AWS-based IRIS Community Edition

  • a set of browser-based explorer pages, each of which demonstrates the capabilities of one of the supported database models:

    • document database / persistent JavaScript Objects
    • Redis-like Lists
    • Redis-like Key/Value store
    • Relational Database (with SQL support)
    • Persistent XML DOM (with XPath support)
  • a WebSocket-based browser viewer page that allows you to view, in real-time, changes made the physical database via the above explorer web pages

Try it out

For the IRIS / AWS Version, see these instructions.

However, the quickest way to try out QEWD is using the pre-built Docker version which will run on any Linux system or even on a Raspberry Pi.

Here's all you need to do:

    cd ~
    git clone
    cd qewd-jsdb

Simply answer the questions and within a few minutes you'll have it all ready to run.

Don't worry if you don't have Docker installed (which is the only dependency) - the installer will also install Docker if necessary (though you'll need to start a new process and re-run the installer after it installs Docker).

When the installer has completed you have two options for starting the Docker container:

  • without database persistence between Container restarts:

      cd ~/qewd-jsdb
  • with database persistence between Container restarts:

      cd ~/qewd-jsdb

To stop the Docker Container, you should always use the command:

    cd ~/qewd-jsdb

This cleanly and safely shuts down the database-connected QEWD Worker Processes

The Viewer Application

Use the following URL in your browser:


    (Change the IP Address / Domain name to that of your server)

This is a simple QEWD WebSocket application that will display, in real-time, any changes made by the explorer applications or during REPL-based exploration of QEWD-JSdb.

The REPL-based Explorer

I'd recommend that you start by exploring QEWD-JSdb using the Node.js REPL.
You can use the viewer application (see above) to see, in real-time, the effect on the database of your QEWD-JSdb interactions. See here for detailed instructions on using this REPL explorer mode. It really is the best way to begin to understand QEWD-JSdb.

The Explorer Applications

There's also a QEWD application/page for each of the supported QEWD-JSdb models. Each application showcases/demonstrates the capabilities specific to the particular database model.

Start them as follows:

Each of these allows you to explore many of the capabilities of each database model, showing you, in real time, how the data is physically stored and manipulated in the YottaDB database in response to the various database model APIs, and how that data is projected via QEWD-JSdb's the persistent JavaScript object abstraction.

What Can I do with QEWD-JSdb?

The full functionality of QEWD-JSdb is built-in to QEWD, and available for you to use in your applications if you wish. You can use QEWD-JSdb instead of any other more "traditional" database.

Both actual database technologies used by QEWD-JSdb (YottaDb and IRIS) are seriously-powerful, massively-scalable, industrial-strength products, with decades of expertise and real-world, business-critical use behind them in demanding market-sectors such as banking, financial services, healthcare and retail.

Take a look at the source code in this QEWD-jsdb repository to see how quick, simple and easy it is to use:

Try the QEWD-Monitor Application

Start the QEWD-Monitor application in your browser using the URL:


You'll need to enter the QEWD Management password which, by default, is keepThisSecret!. You'll have been asked to specify a password in the installation script.

You'll now see the Overview panel, from where you can monitor your QEWD run-time environment, view the master and worker process activity.

Click the tabs in the banner to view your YottDB Global Storage and inspect any QEWD Sessions.

Backing up the YottaDB Database

It's a good idea to back up your YottaDB database on a regular basis. Simply do the following:

  • shell into the container:

      docker exec -it jsdb bash
  • run the backup command:


Optionally you can specify a file path if you want to create your own named backup file, rather than use the default:

    ./backup path/to/file

Important: the Docker Container's internal /opt/qewd/mapped directory is volume-mapped to the host system's ~/qewd-jsdb directory, so always create your backup files somewhere within this mapped directory.


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