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From Edward Capriolo <>
Subject Re: Changing the CLI, not a great idea!
Date Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:56:34 GMT
On Thursday, July 28, 2011, Sasha Dolgy <> wrote:
> Unfortunately, the perception that I have as a business consumer and
> night-time hack, is that more importance and effort is placed on
> ensuring information is up to date and correct on the
> website and less on keeping the
> wiki up to date or relevant... which forces people to be introduced to
> a for-profit company to get relevant information ... which just so
> happens to employ a substantial amount of Apache Cassandra
> contributors ... not that there's anything wrong with that, right?
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM, David Boxenhorn <>
>> This is part of a much bigger problem, one which has many parts, among
>> 1. Cassandra is complex. Getting a gestalt understanding of it makes me
>> think I understand how Alzheimer's patients must feel.
>> 2. There is no official documentation. Perhaps everything is out there
>> somewhere, who knows?
>> 3. Cassandra is a moving target. Books are out of date before they hit
>> press.
>> 4. Most of the important knowledge about Cassandra exists in a kind of
>> history, that is hard to keep up with, and even harder to understand once
>> it's long past.
>> I think it is clear that we need a better one-stop-shop for good
>> documentation. What hasn't been talked about much - but I think it's just
>> important - is a good one-stop-shop for Cassandra's oral history.
>> (You might think this list is the place, but it's too noisy to be useful,
>> except at the very tip of the cowcatcher. Cassandra needs a canonized
>> version of its oral history.)

Well the problem is not lack of documentation but changing things that
probably do not matter and thus invalidating all documentation.

To stay on point. Why does the cli default to hex. Come on who is doing
inserts in hex? Would it be more.natural for the cli to so this:

'ascii' auto function call ascii
"utf8" auto function utf8
Oxafaf auto function hex

Or really do not change get add a new statement
And leave get alone

The argument to have two methods that almost do the same thing is a bad one,
but it is no worse then invalidating tons of docs. But really I can't
support a hex default, I know no one with a hex keyboard.

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