I am struggling creating an simple index with ravendb.

Given are two document collections:

User (34000 docs) and BlogEntries (1.5 million docs)

1) How can I create an index that shows the count of blog entries for each user?

The collections relationship is as following:

User.LastName + "," + User.FirstName = Blog.CreatedBy

Important is the fact that BlogEntries contains old entries that are not related to the user collection. I want to filter those entries out, so that they are not appear in the index. That's why I need the user collection here.

Sample Data:

User Collection:
User U1
User U2

BlogEntry Collection:
BlogEntry B1 -> U1
BlogEntry B2 -> U1
BlogEntry B3 -> U2
BlogEntry B4 -> XYZ1 
BlogEntry B5 -> XYZ2
BlogEntry B6 -> U1

I want to filter out the B4 and B5 entries, cause they are not related to a user in the user collection.

2) Do I have to use a multimap index for that?

3) I already tried the following via the management studio, but the index does not work. Seems I cannot use two document collections in a single map block.


from user in docs.Users
from blog in docs.Blogs
where blog.CreatedBy = user.LastName + "," + user.FirstName
select new { UserName = user.LastName ..., Count = 1 }


from result in results group by result.UserName
into g
select new { User = g.Key, g.Sum( x => x.Count) }

Thanks, Marius

Was it helpful?


With the changed requirement I guess you need a multi map index:

AddMap<User>(users => from user in users
                      select new
                          UserName = user.LastName + "," + user.FirstName,
                          HasUser = true,
                          Count = 0

AddMap<BlogEntry>(blogEntries => from blogEntry in blogEntries
                                 select new
                                     UserName = blogEntry.CreatedBy,
                                     HasUser = false,
                                     Count = 1

Reduce = results => from result in results
                    group result by result.UserName 
                    into g
                    select new
                        UserName = g.Key,
                        HasUser = g.Any(x => x.HasUser),
                        Count = g.Sum(x => x.Count)

You can filter the index by the HasUser property.

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