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From Paul Brown <>
Subject Re: Reducing confusion around client libraries
Date Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:59:41 GMT

On Dec 3, 2010, at 9:43 AM, Jonathan Ellis wrote:
> The status quo is not working.  There are way too many questions on
> the user list and on irc about problems with writing Thrift code, even
> when well-maintained clients exist for their language of choice.  And
> that's just the users who were motivated enough to ask instead of
> tweeting that thrift sucks and giving up. [...]

This problem isn't unique to Cassandra.  It cropped up, e.g., in managing the proliferation
of Haskell libraries on Hackage.

One way that this could be accomplished with a relatively even hand is to ensure that the
relative liveliness of the client libraries is apparent on the page, e.g., a most recent release
date, the target language (and potentially any additional decoration like Spring or Rails
or...), and a list of versions of Cassandra supported.

The onus is on the client library maintainer to properly advertise their wares by updating
the entry on the page, and making it sortable/searchable would be a win.  (There are some
rumblings about MoinMoin ( being able to do
this, and there is also something like a Google Spreadsheet as an option.

Or a vendor who wanted Cassandra-related traffic could post a client registry backed by a
simple database...

-- Paul
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