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From Jonathan Ellis <>
Subject Re: Super and Regular Columns
Date Tue, 27 Apr 2010 01:42:46 GMT
On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:32 PM, Robert <> wrote:
> I am starting out with Cassandra and I had a couple of questions, I read a
> lot of the documentation including:
> First I wanted to make sure I understand this
> bug:
> Borrowing from the the example provided in that article, would an example
> subcolumn be 'friend1' or 'street'?

friend1 is the name a a supercolumn; street is the name of a subcolumn

> Second, for a one to many map where ordering is not important what are the
> tradeoffs between these two options?
> A. Use a ColumnFamily where the key maps to an item id, and in each row each
> column is one of the items it is mapped to?
> B. Use SuperColumnFamily where each key is an item id, and each column (are
> these the right terms?) is one of the items it is mapped to, and the value
> is essentially empty?

I don't see what using supercolumns gives you here, so don't use them. :)

Jonathan Ellis
Project Chair, Apache Cassandra
co-founder of Riptano, the source for professional Cassandra support

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