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From "Pavel Yaskevich (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-2480) Named keys / virtual columns
Date Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:41:59 GMT


Pavel Yaskevich commented on CASSANDRA-2480:

good but for example user writes "SELECT * FROM users WHERE key = 1", DEFAULT_KEY_NAME is
KEY (uppercase) so if we will try to compare without check it will fail because key != KEY
also don't forget that getKeyName() returns ByteBuffer so to compare case insensitive CFMetaData.getKeyName()
you will need to convert it to string before uppercase/downcase and then uppercase/downcase
key given by user and compare them. We can't uppercase user given key automatically.

> Named keys / virtual columns
> ----------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-2480
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: API, Core
>            Reporter: Eric Evans
>            Assignee: Pavel Yaskevich
>              Labels: cql
>             Fix For: 0.8.1, 1.0
>         Attachments: CASSANDRA-2480-v2.patch, CASSANDRA-2480.patch
> With the completion of CASSANDRA-2396, it is now possible to attach a name to keys (column
family-wide).  This could be utilized to introduce the concept of "virtual columns" in CQL.
Here's how that would work:
> Typically you would use the CQL keyword {{KEY}} to specify a row key, for example:
> {code:SQL|title=CQL 1.0}
> INSERT INTO cf (KEY, name1, name2) VALUES (key1, value1, value2)
> -- or alternately
> UPDATE cf SET name1 = value1, name2 = value2 WHERE KEY = key1
> SELECT name1,name2 FROM cf WHERE KEY = key1
> {code}
> For CQL 1.1, that syntax would continue to work, but upon the completion of this issue
it should also be possible to assign a name to the key and treat as if it were another column.
 For example:
> {code:SQL|title=CQL 1.1}
> INSERT INTO cf (keyname, name1, name2) VALUES (key1, value1, value2)
> -- or alternately
> UPDATE cf SET name1 = value1, name2 = value2 WHERE keyname = key1
> -- Note how the keyname can now be used in the projection
> SELECT keyname, name1, name2 FROM cf WHERE keyname = key1
> -- And, there is no restriction on the order
> SELECT name1, name2, keyname FROM cf WHERE keyname = key1 AND name2 = value2
> {code}
> The semantics will be such that the existing behavior is maintained (read: when using
the {{KEY}} keyword), but if the key is named, and the name is used in a {{SELECT}}, the key's
name and value will be returned in the column results, sorted according to the comparator
(_Note: we'll need to figure out what that means with respect to differently typed keys_).

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