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From "Bryan Duxbury (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HBASE-487) Replace hql w/ a hbase-friendly jirb or jython shell
Date Fri, 23 May 2008 17:25:55 GMT

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Bryan Duxbury commented on HBASE-487:

For sure the simplest way to do the colfam spec would be to use JRuby hashes, which have the
form of {"key" => "value"}. That's what the => operator is used for. If that doesn't
put people off, then I think it's what we should use for all *_spec objects in this dsl.

Truncate can be a nice to have. I agree there should be a describe in general, so let's add
that as the first step. "describe table columnfamily" seems redundant to me - let's just go
with "describe table", and you get the full table spec including columns.

I think regex in get is a nice to have for the next version.

Some sample output might look like (excuse the hacky ascii boxing):
irb>get "my_table", "colfam:name"
 | column           | value  |
| colfam:name  | bryan  |
Completed in 0.01 sec.
Mind you, the cool looking table would be the toString of whatever object was actually returned,
which would probably be some wrapper around RowResult. What do you mean, how is it specified
for a session?

> Otherwise, looks good. Intent is to use verbs from current hbase API rather than sql-ese?
Yes, and this is very, very important distinction. The goal is to map as much of this shell
as possible to the API, rather than trying to make it look like SQL. I want people to have
to stop and think at least a little about the differences, rather than just assuming off the
bat there's some magical SELECT verb that takes care of everything.

> Replace hql w/ a hbase-friendly jirb or jython shell
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-487
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-487
>             Project: Hadoop HBase
>          Issue Type: Wish
>            Reporter: stack
>            Assignee: stack
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 0.2.0
>         Attachments: groovy-2.patch, groovy.patch, jruby.patch
> The hbase shell is a useful admin and debugging tool but it has a couple of downsides.
 To extend, a fragile parser definition needs tinkering-with and new java classes must be
added.  The current test suite for hql is lacking coverage and the current code could do with
a rewrite having evolved piecemeal.  Another downside is that the presence of an HQL interpreter
gives the mis-impression that hbase is like a SQL database.
> This 'wish' issue suggests that we jettison HQL and instead offer users a jirb or jython
command line.  We'd ship with some scripts and jruby/jython classes that we'd source on startup
to do things like import base client classes -- so folks wouldn't have to remember all the
packages stuff sat in -- and added a pretty-print for scanners and getters outputting text,
xhtml or binary.  They would also make it easy to do HQL-things in jruby/python script.
> Advantages: Already-written parser with no need of extension probing deeper into hbase:
i.e. better for debugging than HQL could ever be.  Easy extension adding scripts/modules rather
than java code.  Less likely hbase could be confused for a SQL db.
> Downsides: Probably more verbose.  Requires ruby or python knowledge ("Everyone knows
some sql").  Big? (jruby lib is 24M).
> I was going to write security as downside but HQL suffers this at the moment too -- though
it has been possible to sort the updates from the selects in the UI to prevent modification
of the db from the UI, something that would be hard to do in a jruby/jython parser.
> What do others think?

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