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From "Tupshin Harper (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-6846) Provide standard interface for deep application server integration
Date Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:25:44 GMT
Tupshin Harper created CASSANDRA-6846:

             Summary: Provide standard interface for deep application server integration
                 Key: CASSANDRA-6846
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: API, Core
            Reporter: Tupshin Harper
            Assignee: Tupshin Harper
             Fix For: 3.0

Instead of creating a pluggable interface for Thrift, I'd like to create a pluggable interface
for arbitrary app-server deep integration.

Inspired by both the existence of intravert-ug, as well as there being a long history of various
parties embedding tomcat or jetty servlet engines inside Cassandra, I'd like to propose the
creation an internal somewhat stable (versioned?) interface that could allow any app server
to achieve deep integration with Cassandra, and as a result, these servers could 
1) host their own apis (REST, for example
2) extend core functionality by having limited (see triggers and wide row scanners) access
to the internals of cassandra

The hand wavey part comes because while I have been mulling this about for a while, I have
not spent any significant time into looking at the actual surface area of intravert-ug's integration.
But, using it as a model, and also keeping in minds the general needs of your more traditional
servlet/j2ee containers, I believe we could come up with a reasonable interface to allow any
jvm app server to be integrated and maintained in or out of the Cassandra tree.

This would satisfy the needs that many of us (Both Ed and I, for example) to have a much greater
degree of control over server side execution, and to be able to start building much more interestingly
(and simply) tiered applications.

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