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From "paul cannon (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-3951) make thrift interface "backwards compat" guarantee more specific
Date Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:46:48 GMT
make thrift interface "backwards compat" guarantee more specific

                 Key: CASSANDRA-3951
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: API
    Affects Versions: 0.5
            Reporter: paul cannon
            Assignee: paul cannon
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.0.9

The comments in cassandra.thrift read:

# The API version (NOT the product version), composed as a dot delimited
# string with major, minor, and patch level components.
#  - Major: Incremented for backward incompatible changes. An example would
#           be changes to the number or disposition of method arguments.
#  - Minor: Incremented for backward compatible changes. An example would
#           be the addition of a new (optional) method.
#  - Patch: Incremented for bug fixes. The patch level should be increased
#           for every edit that doesn't result in a change to major/minor.
# See the Semantic Versioning Specification (SemVer)

This is great to have documented guarantees, but it is unclear whether the "backward compatibility"
discussed refers to the Cassandra server being able to talk to clients built against older
thrift specs, or whether it refers to clients being able to talk to Cassandra servers built
against older thrift specs.

In a conversation on irc this morning, I found out that it actually meant that the former
(older clients should be able to talk to a new Cassandra, but newer clients are not guaranteed
to be able to talk to an old Cassandra). On the other hand, people seemed willing to extend
the compatibility guarantees in *both* directions going forward, since we would like to switch
to a dedicated CQL transport anyway.

Either way, the comments in cassandra.thrift should be specific about what is guaranteed so
that client and library authors, and Cassandra developers, all agree what to expect.

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