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From Ian Holsman <>
Subject Re: Alternative wire protocols
Date Wed, 24 Jun 2009 22:24:21 GMT
Hi Evan.

first let me just say this. If you have the energy to write it, and to  
support it, no one will stop you. It's your itch.. go scratch it.

The problem becomes of longer term support (ie if you get hit by a  
bus), but I believe others will take up the code, or it will go to  
dust from neglect (which is ok). So in the short term I would create a  
'contrib' or 'experimental' area in cassandra for these interfaces to  
live in, and for you to find other like minded people to help you out.

as opposed to Jonathan, I actually like X over http interfaces, as  
they are dead simple to use, and makes development so much easier.  
(and I speak from using X over http interfaces for over 10 years in  
multiple jobs). And as Jonathan (and Jay) mention they might be  
slower, for most people they would be ok. (note: I am not saying we  
throw away fast binary interfaces!).

So I would be +1 on another protocol, but only if you don't expect  
others who don't use it/want it to write it for you.

On 25/06/2009, at 7:03 AM, Jonathan Ellis wrote:

> I'm interested in Avro as kind of a better Thrift, but that's still
> pretty alpha.
> I'm not really interested in stuff that's going to be Much Slower like
> anything over http (Jay from Voldemort said that's basically a waste
> of time and I believe him) or anything that requires hand-writing
> clients for each language (everything else?).
> -Jonathan
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 3:53 PM, Evan Weaver<> wrote:
>> I wanted to start a small discussion to see if there is any interest
>> in supporting alternative wire protocols or perhaps junking Thrift to
>> some degree.
>> Some options:
>>  * Use JSON over HTTP
>>  * Use BSON over...something ( 
>> )
>>  * Use ASN.1 over...something
>>  * Use Protocol Buffers over...something
>>  * Use Thrift, but package Cassandra-specific clients for each  
>> language
>> I have not thought too coherently about this but generic Thrift seems
>> to be a pain point for everybody.
>> Evan
>> --
>> Evan Weaver

Ian Holsman

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