On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM, aaron morton <aaron@thelastpickle.com> wrote:
> > Is there any noticeable performance difference between thrift or CQL3?
> Off the top of my head it's within 5% (maybe 10%) under stress tests. See Eric's talk at the Cassandra SF conference for the exact numbers.

Eric's benchmark results was that "normal" queries were slightly slower but prepared one (and in real life, I see no good reason not to prepare statements) were actually slightly faster.

> CQL 3 requires a schema, however altering the schema is easier. And in 1.2 will support concurrent schema modifications. 
> Thrift API is still schema less. 

Sorry to hijack this thread, but I'd be curious (like seriously, I'm not trolling) to understand what you mean by "CQL 3 requires a schema" but "Thrift API is still schema less". Basically I'm not sure I always understand what people mean by "schema less" exactly and I'm curious.