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From Bryan Duxbury <br...@rapleaf.com>
Subject Re: Talking to HBase via tcp/socket
Date Fri, 07 Dec 2007 19:52:13 GMT
There's nothing stopping us from creating REST "methods" for creating/ 
deleting tables. That's mostly a question of whether or not we want  
to expose the functionality elsewhere than the shell. You could  
create a ticket for that and we can discuss it.

I agree that XML can be heavy, which is why we are implementing the  
ability to use the "Accept: multipart/related" header to get back the  
data as pure binary with boundaries. This should alleviate the  
overhead of using XML for the most part.

Hey, I hardly know Java, and I'm hacking all sorts of stuff!  
Seriously though, I think that as far as performant cross-platform  
access goes, the future is a Thrift servlet. I don't have a timeline  
on that at all yet.


On Dec 7, 2007, at 11:44 AM, Thiago Jackiw wrote:

> The are a few reasons why I wanted to go with Socket instead of REST,
> to name a couple:
> - By applying Edward's patch I was able to gain access to the 'entire'
> HBase interface, from creating to deleting tables, etc, which I
> couldn't do with REST. Is this flexibility something sought for future
> development?
> -  Performance gain. Working with xml can sometimes be problematic  
> and 'heavy'.
>> I would suggest exploring building a Thrift servlet that mimics  
>> the structure of the REST servlet
> That could work if I knew Java :P
> Anyhow, despite HBase being pretty new, it sure kicks ass. Kudos to  
> you guys.
> --
> Thiago
> On Dec 7, 2007 10:42 AM, Bryan Duxbury <bryan@rapleaf.com> wrote:
>> What's the motivation for using straight a straight TCP socket rather
>> than REST? The motivation behind producing a REST interface in the
>> first place is that since the client still lives in Java, then we get
>> to take advantage of all the built-in Java client work that's been
>> done. If you're looking for a more lightweight way to interact with
>> HBase (since REST can be a little heavy at times), then rather than
>> go the HQL route, I would suggest exploring building a Thrift servlet
>> that mimics the structure of the REST servlet. This is something
>> that's been discussed as a next step for HBase interoperability.
>> -Bryan
>> On Dec 6, 2007, at 8:25 PM, Thiago Jackiw wrote:
>>> Is there a way to interact with HBase via TCP/socket connection
>>> directly instead of just using the REST api?
>>> Thanks

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