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From Leonid Ilyevsky <>
Subject RE: Dynamic CF
Date Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:17:30 GMT
Thanks Sylvain, this is useful.
So I guess, in the batch_mutate call, in the map that I pass to it, only the first element
of the composite key should be used as a key (because it is the real key), and the other parts
of the key should be passed as regular columns? Is this correct? While I am waiting for your
confirmation, I am going to try it.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sylvain Lebresne []
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 8:24 AM
Subject: Re: Dynamic CF

On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM, Leonid Ilyevsky
<> wrote:
> At this point I am really confused about what direction Cassandra is going. CQL 3 has
the benefit of composite keys, but no dynamic columns.
> I thought, the whole point of Cassandra was to provide dynamic tables.

CQL3 absolutely provide "dynamic tables"/wide rows, the syntax is just
different. The typical example for wide rows is a time serie, for
instance keeping all the events for a given event_kind in the same C*
row ordered by time. You declare that in CQL3 using:
  CREATE TABLE events (
    event_kind text,
    time timestamp,
    event_name text,
    event_details text,
    PRIMARY KEY (event_kind, time)

The important part in such definition is that one CQL row (i.e a given
event_kind, time, event_name, even_details) does not map to an internal
Cassandra row. More precisely, all events sharing the same event_kind will be
in the same internal row. This is a wide row/dynamic table in the sense of

> I need to have a huge table to store market quotes, and be able to query it by name and
timestamp (t1 <= t <= t2), therefore I wanted the composite key.
> Loading data to such table using prepared statements (CQL 3-based) was very slow, because
it makes a server call for each row.

You should use a BATCH statement which is the equivalent to batch_mutate.


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