Exporting data from Riak KV in order to let Android read it offline

Luca Favatella luca.favatella at erlang-solutions.com
Tue Nov 29 06:11:56 EST 2016

On 7 November 2016 at 16:07, Luca Favatella
<luca.favatella at erlang-solutions.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> What file format easy to read on an Android mobile device would you recommend for representing a snapshot of part of a live Riak KV store? The main aim is minimizing development effort on the Android device while keeping battery consumption reasonable.
> As Riak KV can be defined as a key-value store with key being any arbitrary byte sequence and value being any [MIME-typed][1] arbitrary byte sequence, I see that any Android-friendly file format / library for reading any such export needs to:
> * Be key-value; and
> * Be able to return the value and its MIME type.
> [1]: Even values with siblings [can][2] be represented with MIME type.
> [2]: http://docs.basho.com/riak/kv/2.1.4/developing/api/http/fetch-object/#get-all-siblings-in-one-request
> Some of the alternative file formats include:
> * A. SQLite, with columns key (the same as in Riak KV), mime type and value - respectively of types TEXT, TEXT and BLOB;
> * B. Archive (e.g. tar, zip) containing file paths corresponding to exported Riak KV keys, with file content being the Riak KV [HTTP GET response][3] - that includes MIME type and body;
> * C. Archived (because potentially multi-file) LevelDB database, with the key being the Riak KV key and the value being the Riak KV [HTTP GET response][3] - that includes MIME type and body. (Based on a quick search there is some code for LevelDB on Android.)
> Storing the HTTP GET response require the Android application to parse it for extracting the MIME type and the actual value. (I assume there is some HTTP parser Android library).
> [3]: http://docs.basho.com/riak/kv/2.1.4/developing/api/http/fetch-object/#simple-example


Just an update for letting you know that my current plan is exploiting
the HTTP 1.1 standardized caching semantics (RFC 7234) and an HTTP
cache on Android (initially class `HttpResponseCache`).

The mobile device would send HTTP GET request to a front-end HTTP
service hiding Riak KV (HTTP or PB), and would cache the responses
locally for offline reading.

(This solution requires changes to the functional specifications of
the project I am working on so I had not listed it as an alternative.)


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