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From "Cameron Samak (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ASTERIXDB-1163) Usability of Asterix front-end examples - Discussion
Date Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:05:11 GMT


Cameron Samak commented on ASTERIXDB-1163:

I agree that such a library would be helpful for users, particularly since it would know how
to give you back more than JSON (e.g. it could handle spatial types and convert them to a
Circle if you asked for it).

> Usability of Asterix front-end examples - Discussion
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: ASTERIXDB-1163
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache AsterixDB
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Other
>         Environment: n/a
>            Reporter: Eugenia Gabrielova
>            Priority: Minor
>              Labels: SDK
> Motivation:
> While collaborating with [~javierjia], I observed that the SDK design and existing examples
were not ideal for helping him get things done in his project. He mentioned that he found
it more straightforward to submit queries directly and the Javascript resources available
are too clunky. He wanted more ease of use in communicating with a remote machine.
> Discussion:
> The existing SDK setup and examples aren't great for getting things done and it can be
challenging to untangle. I would like to refactor this code with significant design changes
with feedback from the community on what is needed.
> Questions:
> - Those who have built (or would like to build) front-end stuff with Asterix - what would
help you? What made your life difficult?
> - Thoughts on language-specific libraries? e.g., pysterix (python bridge for Asterix)
> Goal: I'd like to make it easy for people to build cool things on AsterixDB, without
a messy front-end learning curve. This change would also make it easier to automatically test
the examples (a concern recently mentioned in the mailing list). Drastically reducing the
technical debt of the geospatial example is my next step.

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