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From "Sylvain Lebresne (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-4284) Improve timeuuid <-> date relationship
Date Fri, 25 May 2012 14:52:22 GMT
Sylvain Lebresne created CASSANDRA-4284:
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             Summary: Improve timeuuid <-> date relationship
                 Key: CASSANDRA-4284
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-4284
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: API
    Affects Versions: 1.1.0
            Reporter: Sylvain Lebresne
            Assignee: Sylvain Lebresne
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.2


We added timeuuid to CQL3, whose purpose is to provide a collision-free timestamp basically
and as a convenience, such timeuuid can be inputed as as date.

However, two things seems non-optimal to me:
* When one insert a timeuuid using a date format, we always pick *the* UUID corresponding
to this date with every other part of the UUID to 0. This kind of defeat the purpose of collision-free
timestamp and thus greatly limit the usefulness of the date syntax.
* When cqlsh print timeuuid, it print them as date. But as thus, there is some information
lost which can be problematic (you can't update a specific column based on that return). In
a way, this is a cqlsh limitation, since cassandra return the UUID bytes. Yet, it also emphasis
somehow that from the point of using them, timeuuid are more UUID than really time.

For the first point, it would make more sense that when inserting a date, we actually pick
a uuid with the corresponding timestamp *but* with the rest of the UUID being random. It's
not completely that simple because we don't want that randomness when the date are used in
a select query, but that's roughtly the same problem than CASSANDRA-4283 (and we can thus
use the same solution).

The second point gives an idea. We could extends the date syntax to allow it to represent
uniquely a type 1 UUID. Typically, we could allow something like: '2012-06-06 12:03:00+0000
%a2fc07', where the part after the '%' character would be hexadecimal for the non-timestamp
part of the UUID. Understanding this syntax could allow to work with timeuuid uniquely with
meaningful date string which I think would be neat. But maybe that's a crazy idea, opinions?


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