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From Tyler Hobbs <>
Subject DataStax Native Protocol Python Driver [beta]
Date Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:41:03 GMT
For those of you using pycassa or the cassandra dbapi2 driver, I wanted to
let you know that a beta version of the DataStax python driver is available
on GitHub here:

This driver works exclusively with cql3 and uses the new native protocol
for Cassandra 1.2+ in place of Thrift.  The main benefits are:

   - Request pipelining, which allows for greater throughput with a smaller
   number of connections
   - Push notifications from Cassandra about changes to the cluster state
   - More advanced connection pooling capabilities, including node
   autodiscovery, token-aware routing, and multi-datacenter awareness

The driver design closely follows that of the DataStax Java driver ( and C# driver ( with some pythonic adjustments.

There's also a basic mapping layer available through the 'native' branch of
the cqlengine library, which can be found here:

We're planning to put the driver through some rigorous QA internally before
the first non-beta release of the driver later this year.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or bug reports, I would love to
hear them!

Tyler Hobbs
DataStax <>

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