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From "Stu Hood (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (CASSANDRA-767) Row keys should be byte[]s, not Strings
Date Fri, 05 Feb 2010 07:50:27 GMT
Row keys should be byte[]s, not Strings
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                 Key: CASSANDRA-767
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-767
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Stu Hood
            Priority: Critical
             Fix For: 0.7


This issue has come up numerous times, and we've dealt with a lot of pain because of it: let's
get it knocked out.

Keys being Java Strings can make it painful to use Cassandra from other languages, encoding
binary data like integers as Strings is very inefficient, and there is a disconnect between
our column data types and the plain String treatment we give row keys.

The key design decision that needs discussion is: Should we apply the column AbstractTypes
to row keys? If so, how do Partitioners change?

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