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HBase: The Definitive Guide

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  1. HBase: The Definitive Guide
  2. Dedication
  3. Foreword
  4. Preface
    1. General Information
      1. HBase Version
      2. Building the Examples
      3. Hush: The HBase URL Shortener
      4. Running Hush
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
    3. Using Code Examples
    4. Safari® Books Online
    5. How to Contact Us
    6. Acknowledgments
  5. 1. Introduction
    1. The Dawn of Big Data
    2. The Problem with Relational Database Systems
    3. Nonrelational Database Systems, Not-Only SQL or NoSQL?
      1. Dimensions
      2. Scalability
      3. Database (De-)Normalization
    4. Building Blocks
      1. Backdrop
      2. Tables, Rows, Columns, and Cells
      3. Auto-Sharding
      4. Storage API
      5. Implementation
      6. Summary
    5. HBase: The Hadoop Database
      1. History
      2. Nomenclature
      3. Summary
  6. 2. Installation
    1. Quick-Start Guide
    2. Requirements
      1. Hardware
      2. Software
    3. Filesystems for HBase
      1. Local
      2. HDFS
      3. S3
      4. Other Filesystems
    4. Installation Choices
      1. Apache Binary Release
      2. Building from Source
    5. Run Modes
      1. Standalone Mode
      2. Distributed Mode
    6. Configuration
      1. hbase-site.xml and hbase-default.xml
      2. hbase-env.sh
      3. regionserver
      4. log4j.properties
      5. Example Configuration
      6. Client Configuration
    7. Deployment
      1. Script-Based
      2. Apache Whirr
      3. Puppet and Chef
    8. Operating a Cluster
      1. Running and Confirming Your Installation
      2. Web-based UI Introduction
      3. Shell Introduction
      4. Stopping the Cluster
  7. 3. Client API: The Basics
    1. General Notes
    2. CRUD Operations
      1. Put Method
      2. Get Method
      3. Delete Method
    3. Batch Operations
    4. Row Locks
    5. Scans
      1. Introduction
      2. The ResultScanner Class
      3. Caching Versus Batching
    6. Miscellaneous Features
      1. The HTable Utility Methods
      2. The Bytes Class
  8. 4. Client API: Advanced Features
    1. Filters
      1. Introduction to Filters
      2. Comparison Filters
      3. Dedicated Filters
      4. Decorating Filters
      5. FilterList
      6. Custom Filters
      7. Filters Summary
    2. Counters
      1. Introduction to Counters
      2. Single Counters
      3. Multiple Counters
    3. Coprocessors
      1. Introduction to Coprocessors
      2. The Coprocessor Class
      3. Coprocessor Loading
      4. The RegionObserver Class
      5. The MasterObserver Class
      6. Endpoints
    4. HTablePool
    5. Connection Handling
  9. 5. Client API: Administrative Features
    1. Schema Definition
      1. Tables
      2. Table Properties
      3. Column Families
    2. HBaseAdmin
      1. Basic Operations
      2. Table Operations
      3. Schema Operations
      4. Cluster Operations
      5. Cluster Status Information
  10. 6. Available Clients
    1. Introduction to REST, Thrift, and Avro
    2. Interactive Clients
      1. Native Java
      2. REST
      3. Thrift
      4. Avro
      5. Other Clients
    3. Batch Clients
      1. MapReduce
      2. Hive
      3. Pig
      4. Cascading
    4. Shell
      1. Basics
      2. Commands
      3. Scripting
    5. Web-based UI
      1. Master UI
      2. Region Server UI
      3. Shared Pages
  11. 7. MapReduce Integration
    1. Framework
      1. MapReduce Introduction
      2. Classes
      3. Supporting Classes
      4. MapReduce Locality
      5. Table Splits
    2. MapReduce over HBase
      1. Preparation
      2. Data Sink
      3. Data Source
      4. Data Source and Sink
      5. Custom Processing
  12. 8. Architecture
    1. Seek Versus Transfer
      1. B+ Trees
      2. Log-Structured Merge-Trees
    2. Storage
      1. Overview
      2. Write Path
      3. Files
      4. HFile Format
      5. KeyValue Format
    3. Write-Ahead Log
      1. Overview
      2. HLog Class
      3. HLogKey Class
      4. WALEdit Class
      5. LogSyncer Class
      6. LogRoller Class
      7. Replay
      8. Durability
    4. Read Path
    5. Region Lookups
    6. The Region Life Cycle
    7. ZooKeeper
    8. Replication
      1. Life of a Log Edit
      2. Internals
  13. 9. Advanced Usage
    1. Key Design
      1. Concepts
      2. Tall-Narrow Versus Flat-Wide Tables
      3. Partial Key Scans
      4. Pagination
      5. Time Series Data
      6. Time-Ordered Relations
    2. Advanced Schemas
    3. Secondary Indexes
    4. Search Integration
    5. Transactions
    6. Bloom Filters
    7. Versioning
      1. Implicit Versioning
      2. Custom Versioning
  14. 10. Cluster Monitoring
    1. Introduction
    2. The Metrics Framework
      1. Contexts, Records, and Metrics
      2. Master Metrics
      3. Region Server Metrics
      4. RPC Metrics
      5. JVM Metrics
      6. Info Metrics
    3. Ganglia
      1. Installation
      2. Usage
    4. JMX
      1. JConsole
      2. JMX Remote API
    5. Nagios
  15. 11. Performance Tuning
    1. Garbage Collection Tuning
    2. Memstore-Local Allocation Buffer
    3. Compression
      1. Available Codecs
      2. Verifying Installation
      3. Enabling Compression
    4. Optimizing Splits and Compactions
      1. Managed Splitting
      2. Region Hotspotting
      3. Presplitting Regions
    5. Load Balancing
    6. Merging Regions
    7. Client API: Best Practices
    8. Configuration
    9. Load Tests
      1. Performance Evaluation
      2. YCSB
  16. 12. Cluster Administration
    1. Operational Tasks
      1. Node Decommissioning
      2. Rolling Restarts
      3. Adding Servers
    2. Data Tasks
      1. Import and Export Tools
      2. CopyTable Tool
      3. Bulk Import
      4. Replication
    3. Additional Tasks
      1. Coexisting Clusters
      2. Required Ports
    4. Changing Logging Levels
    5. Troubleshooting
      1. HBase Fsck
      2. Analyzing the Logs
      3. Common Issues
  17. A. HBase Configuration Properties
  18. B. Road Map
    1. HBase 0.92.0
    2. HBase 0.94.0
  19. C. Upgrade from Previous Releases
    1. Upgrading to HBase 0.90.x
      1. From 0.20.x or 0.89.x
      2. Within 0.90.x
    2. Upgrading to HBase 0.92.0
  20. D. Distributions
    1. Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop
  21. E. Hush SQL Schema
  22. F. HBase Versus Bigtable
  23. Index
  24. About the Author
  25. Colophon
  26. Copyright
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Chapter 5. Client API: Administrative Features

Apart from the client API used to deal with data manipulation features, HBase also exposes a data definition-like API. This is similar to the separation into DDL and DML found in RDBMSes. First we will look at the classes required to define the data schemas and subsequently see the API that makes use of it to, for example, create a new HBase table.

Schema Definition

Creating a table in HBase implicitly involves the definition of a table schema, as well as the schemas for all contained column families. They define the pertinent characteristics of how—and when—the data inside the table and columns is ultimately stored.

Tables

Everything stored in HBase is ultimately grouped into one or more tables. The primary reason to have tables is to be able to control certain features that all columns in this table share. The typical things you will want to define for a table are column families. The constructor of the table descriptor in Java looks like the following:

HTableDescriptor();
HTableDescriptor(String name);
HTableDescriptor(byte[] name);
HTableDescriptor(HTableDescriptor desc);

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