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From Tyler Hobbs <>
Subject Re: Concatenating ids with extension to keep multiple rows related to an entity in a single CF
Date Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:41:18 GMT
On Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Aditya Narayan <> wrote:

> I am concatenating  two Integer ids through bitwise operations(as
> described below) to create a single primary key of type long. I wanted to
> know if this is a good practice. This would help me in keeping multiple
> rows of an entity in a single column family by appending different
> extensions to the entityId.
> Are there better ways ? My Ids are of type Integer(4 bytes).
>     public static final long makeCompositeKey(int k1, int k2){
>         return (long)k1 << 32 | k2;
>     }

You could use an actual CompositeType(IntegerType, IntegerType), but it
would use a little extra space and not buy you much.

It doesn't sound like this is the case for you, but if you have several
distinct types of rows, you should consider using separate column families
for them rather than putting them all into one big CF.

Tyler Hobbs
DataStax <>

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