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From "Jonathan Ellis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (CASSANDRA-271) Rename <table> to <keyspace>
Date Wed, 01 Jul 2009 15:49:49 GMT
Rename <table> to <keyspace>

                 Key: CASSANDRA-271
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Jonathan Ellis
            Assignee: Jonathan Ellis

Using <table> in the configuration file to mean "the unit over which key/cf pairs are
unique" is not useful.  It confuses both people from a relational background (the vast --
vast! -- majority of users) and people from a Bigtable/HBase/Hypertable background, because
Cassandra's data model, while closer to BT than MySQL, is still different enough to be confusing.
 Both of these mistaken assumptions of familiarity have caused me problems explaining Cassandra
to actual users.  We are the newcomers by 30 years in one case and 2 years in the other; insisting
on our own, different interpretation of a familiry term seems silly.

It's possible that calling it KeySpace will not solve the problem, but I see this as a situation
where the status quo does us no good at all -- the only connotations <table> has for
people are WRONG -- and changing it has a chance of improving the situation.

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