Easier to use Java Client

Rexxe rexxe98 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 14:30:30 EDT 2011

Jon, my apologies, didn't mean to put words in your mouth :-)

I guess you could put a template abstraction in front of your client, but
like I said, the typing is a little weird to accommodate Groovy.  So, if
someone needed to use the client directly, it might be a little difficult
for them in pure Java.

Thanks for taking a look at the code!


On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 7:02 AM, Jon Brisbin <jon at jbrisbin.com> wrote:

> On Mar 29, 2011, at 12:28 AM, Rexxe wrote:
> I started to use Riak using the spring-data project but found that their
> API was lacking and had serious issues with strict typing.  It turns out
> that the Java API they've built is pretty much being built just so it works
> in Grails/Groovy.
> Actually, what I said is that the spring-data support for Riak needed to
> accommodate the Groovy use-case. It's not specifically for the Grails/Groovy
> use case, but that it is being used heavily there so its a dependency.
> We've talked about having a separate Template abstraction that uses Strings
> for keys, etc... It's an approach that Costin has pursued with the Redis
> support and seems to work fairly well. It might be that we just need a
> template that takes these things into account. I think with the addition of
> a few helpers, we could make it look like whatever someone wanted. :)
> So, I started to look at the Riak Java API.  I found it to be a bit
> complicated and I didn't like how it still forced the user to know about a
> lot of specifics of Riak, especially query params and other properties, and
> didn't provide a layer of abstraction on top of the actual client (so I
> could say go switch between the REST and PBC client).  So, I decided to
> write my own client and semi-ORM layer.   I am still working on some of the
> details, I need to write more tests, and I need to document it, but the bulk
> of the code is done. I have only implemented the REST client so far, but I
> plan on implementing PB in the future.
> You can check it out here: https://github.com/aberman/spring-riak
> I like what you've done here, having gone through the code. It's very
> well-written and would make a good alternative to what's currently
> available. It doesn't cover the full feature needs yet, but its certainly a
> good start.
> Thanks!
> Jon Brisbin
> http://jbrisbin.com
> Twitter: @j_brisbin
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