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From "Srikanth P. Shreenivas" <Srikanth_Shreeni...@mindtree.com>
Subject RE: Retrieving last 100 rows by timestamp
Date Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:39:33 GMT
There are few  ways to look at it:

1) Lets say your row key is a LONG value that keeps incrementing for every writes, then, you
can use, HTable.getRowOrBefore method multiple times to get hold of latest N entries.  For
the first call, you can pass Long.MAX_VALUE as row key, the HBase will return you the row
with key just less than Long.MAX_VALUE, and in this case, it will be the latest row key. 
Let's call this "latestRowKey".  For next call to "getRowOrBefore", you can pass "latestRowKey
- 1" as row key, and so on.


2) Another variant of above approach can be wherein your row key is "<timestamp>". 
In this case, you can pass the current time to first call to "getRowOrBefore" and (latestRowKey
- 1) to subsequent calls.

3) Use reverse timestamp.  This is discussed in Hbase chapter in "Hadoop - The definitive
guide book".
   If you use row key as  Long.MAX_VALUE - System.currentTimeInMillis(), then, all the latest
entries will show up first if you do a Scan on the table.
   This way first N entries will be your latest N entries.


-----Original Message-----
From: Harsh J [mailto:harsh@cloudera.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:25 PM
To: user@hbase.apache.org
Subject: Re: Retrieving last 100 rows by timestamp

Hello Ajay,

See the recent mailing list discussion on using reverse timestamps in key. It should help
your case, I think.

On 26-Jul-2011, at 8:50 PM, Something Something wrote:

> Hello,
> Need to create a report that shows 'last 100 rows by timestamp'.  This query
> should return almost instantaneously.  Any recommendation regarding the
> design?  I was thinking of creating a table with 'sequence #' as a key and
> value would be 'key of another table that contains the master data'.
> Anyway, I will think some more, but if anyone has done something similar, I
> would greatly appreciate it if they would share the knowledge.  Thanks.
> - Ajay



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