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From Ted Zlatanov <>
Subject Re: NoSQL, YesCQL?
Date Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:13:00 GMT
On Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:46:15 -0700 Chip Salzenberg <> wrote: 

CS> Short answer: "YES Please, but we will still want a side channel for
CS> minimum overhead."

100% agreed on both counts.  But IIRC the fastest side channel is to
become a Cassandra node.  Is that an option?

CS> Long answer: Query languages only work reliably when you have data
CS> binding assistance (insert "Bobby Tables" xkcd here).  However, they do
CS> have the wonderful property of evolving aggressively without requiring
CS> upgrades of the driver plumbing.  This is, of course, emphatically *not*
CS> true of anything like the current Thrift and Avro interfaces.  So that's
CS> why I say "Yes."  On the other hand, a very simple interface for very
CS> simple queries has a lot of value, too; see, for example,
CS> So that's why I think we will still want to bypass the full language for
CS> minimum latency in some circumstances.

I think the sane, reasonable, simple path is to make the query language
as similar to SQL as possible (which EricQL seems to aim for).  Just
making the queries pure text would be terrific, in any case.  Then a
JDBC driver or a Perl DBD driver (and their parallels in Ruby, Python,
etc.) would be so much easier to write and Cassandra clients wouldn't
have to be so damn complicated.  So I'd rather see specialized tools for
minimum latency and overhead, especially for inserts and dumps (like
MySQL provides mysqlinsert and mysqldump).


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