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From "Doug Meil (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HBASE-2004) Client javadoc suggestion: add code examples about obtaining historical values
Date Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:04:40 GMT
Client javadoc suggestion:  add code examples about obtaining historical values

                 Key: HBASE-2004
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-2004
             Project: Hadoop HBase
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: client
    Affects Versions: 0.20.1
            Reporter: Doug Meil
            Priority: Minor

The implicit support HBase provides for versioning of values is very powerful, but it's not
all that obvious for application programmers to use it to obtain the historical values.

I would like to suggest adding some comments and sample code to the Result class (org.apache.hadoop.hbase.client.Result)
Javadoc.  I know this seems sort of obvious to people that regularly use HBase, but I think
that for new folks having code examples available in Javadoc is helpful because it's "one
stop shopping" for documentation (i.e., as opposed to looking to an external writeup).  Arguably,
this type of example could also go in the HTable class javadoc.


    HTable table = new HTable(config, "mytable");
    Scan scan = new Scan();   // no arguments indicates will scan all rows
    scan.setMaxVersions( 5 );         // setting this to 1 only returns current version
    ResultScanner rs = table.getScanner(scan);

    for (Iterator<Result> i = rs.iterator(); i.hasNext(); ) {
    	Result r = i.next();

        // obtains current value from 'family:column'
    	byte b[] = r.getValue( Bytes.toBytes("family"), Bytes.toBytes("column") );

    	KeyValue kv[] = r.raw();
    	for (int j = 0; j < kv.length; j++) {
               byte bv[] = kv[j].getValue();
              // this loop returns both current and historical values

               byte bc[] = kv[j].getColumn();
               // returns 'family:column'


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