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From Adam Venturella <>
Subject CQL3 to ORDER BY Verification
Date Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:16:19 GMT
My ColumnFamily is defined as follows:

CREATE TABLE UserProfileHistory(
    username text,
    timestamp bigint, -- millis since epoch
    data text, -- JSON
    PRIMARY KEY (username, timestamp)

Each insert on the username adds to the wide row. The most recent profile
history being able to be retrieved by

SELECT * FROM UserProfileHistory WHERE username=:username LIMIT 1;

For some reporting needs I need to fetch the entire history, and I need to
do it in ASC order instead of DESC.

One option is to do the sorting in code, collect N results, sort on the
timestamps accordingly. Given the row is of N length, that could start to
put an undo memory burden in my application layer, and I would like to
avoid that if possible opting instead for Cassandra to perform the work.

So I am leaning towards this option:

2) min timestamp seek + ORDER BY

To start the process my initial timestamp would be 01-01-1970T12:00:00+0000
(assume that is in milliseconds, aka 0) I would then issue my query:

SELECT * FROM UserProfileHistory WHERE username=:username AND timestamp >
:milliseconds ORDER BY timestamp ASC LIMIT 100

Once I have those initial results I would just pick my last timestamp from
the result set and + 1 on it  and run the query again until I received 0

The CQL works and returns my results as I expect. This will probably only
be run once every 24 hours, maybe every 12 hours; point being, not often.

Am I setting myself up for a disaster down the line?

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