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From "Hiller, Dean" <>
Subject Re: Data Model - Consistency question
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:03:45 GMT
Thinking a little more on your issue, you can also do that in playroom as
OneToMany is represented with a few columns in the owning table/entity
unlike JPA and RDBMS.

Ie. {
 List<Courses> - These course primary keys are saved one per column in the
student's row
} {
 List<Students> - These students are saved one per column in the courses

We sometimes do this with playOrm and don't even bother with the S-SQL it
has which also means you don't need to worry about partitioning in that


On 9/19/12 6:46 AM, "Hiller, Dean" <> wrote:

>Yes, this scenario can occur(even with quorum writes/reads as you are
>dealing with different rows) as one write may be complete and the other
>not while someone else is reading from the cluster.  Generally though,
>you can do read repair when you read it in ;).  Ie. See if things are
>inconsistent when reading it and either 1. Wait and read again or 2.
>Figure out a way to display the results correctly based on merging data.
>In general #1 on a lot of systems is not a bad approach when you can't
>merge the data yourself because the conflicts are not happening to
>often(maybe < 1% of the time in a lot of cases)
>With playOrm if you have partitions, you can still have that relational
>model you described if you can figure out a partition strategy AND you
>can then query on it with joins and such.
>From: Roshni Rajagopal
>Reply-To: "<>"
>Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 6:16 AM
>To: "<>"
>Subject: Data Model - Consistency question
>Hi Folks,
>In the relational world, if I needed to model students, courses
>relationship, I may have done
>a students -master table
>a course - master table
>a bridge table students-course which gives me the ids to students and the
>courses they are taking. This can answer both 'which students take course
>A', as well as 'which courses are taken by student B'
>In the cassandra world, I may design it like this
>a static student column family
>a static course column family
>a student-course column family with student id as key and dynamic list of
>course - ids to answer 'which courses are taken by student B'
>a course-student column family with course id as key and dynamic list of
>student ids  'which students take course A'
>A screen which displays some student entity details as well as all the
>courses she is taking will need to refer to 2 column families
>Suppose an application inserts a new row in student column family, and a
>new row in student-course column family, as transactions or consistency
>across column families is not guaranteed, there is a chance that the
>client receives information that a student is attending a course from
>student-course column family, but does not exist in the student column
>If we use Strong consistency from the  reads + writes combination - will
>this scenario not occur ?
>And if we dont, can this scenario occur?

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