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From Ryan Rawson <ryano...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Why windows support is critical
Date Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:33:32 GMT
I'm always sorry to hear someone move on from HBase.  While we do the
best we can, many of the core devs are focused on a deployed multi
node linux cluster.  For local work, I can boot hbase into standalone
mode with:

on my mac, or on a linux system.  Considering the only dependency is
java, it should be trivial to also support any java hosting platforms.
 The current system is very shell script heavy, hence the cygwin
requirement.  I think it would be possible to provide a runnable jar,
that could be run via:  java -jar hbase.jar and boots a single
node/single jvm thing.  Perhaps someone will do the work to create a

Also perhaps you could explain why the hbase Java API is hard for
windows programmers?

As for the mongodb, perhaps we'll see you again when you need
scalability.  Here is an interesting comment on the scalability of
dispatched sharding: http://twitter.com/alexdong/statuses/9656826055

Good luck out there!

On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 8:01 AM, Ravi <ravikapoor101@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I want to bring up a critical issue i.e. windows support. Today I decided to
> move away from hbase to mongoDB and I want to explain why and I hope this
> will help the hbase team understand needs of users like me and ultimately a
> better product.
> I am an entrepreneur working on a web application. I do not have big money
> or big team. So while I am trying to move a mountain, I want the path of
> least resistance and want a DB that does not pose additional challenges.
> Ultimately I found hbase to be more difficult to install and API to be
> difficult to use on my windows machine (where I am doing the development).
> After struggling for a few days, I realize that I am losing steam and I
> better choose a path of least resistance and I am switching to mongoDB.
> I do think that hbase is currently ahead. Mongo DB is missing a few critical
> features for a large website. However if I lose steam, there wouldnt be a
> website.
> So I request the hbase team to think if users like me and windows
> development environment is important enough for the team. A one click
> install on windows and mongoDB like driver would go a long way to compete
> with other DBs.
> I hope that helps
> Ravi

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