I have a profile column family and want to store a list of skills in each profile. In BigTable I could store a Protocol Buffer with a repeated field, but I'm not sure how this is typically accomplished in Cassandra. One option would be to store a serialized Thrift or protobuf, but I'd prefer not to do this as I believe Cassandra doesn't have knowledge of these formats, and so the data in the datastore would not not human readable in CQL queries from the command line. The other solution I thought of would be to use a super column and put a random UUID as the key for each skill:
Is this a good way of handling lists in Cassandra? I imagine there's some idiom I'm not aware of. I'm using the Astyanax
client library, which only supports composite columns instead of super columns, and so the solution I proposed above would seem quite awkward in that case. Though I'm still having some trouble understanding composite columns as they seem not to be completely documented yet. Would this solution work with composite columns?