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Java Client API for Riak based on the Protocol Buffers API

This is an alternative to riak-java-client which offers significantly better performance because you avoid encoding and decoding content into the HTTP protocol. On my dev machine I see ~ 10x performance improvement; so that's worth taking.

The API is reasonably complete with what you can do in the Protocol Buffers API.

RiakClient riak = new RiakClient("", 8087);
byte[] data = new byte[] { 1, 2, 3, 4 };
RiakObject ro = new RiakObject("Bucket", "Key", 

Some of the API uses which represents a chunk of (uninterpreted) bytes. Much of the API supports both java.lang.String and ByteString; sometimes you have to navigate from one kind of String to another using e.g. ByteString.copyFromUtf8(String) and ByteString.toStringUtf8(); but this lets you have keys that are arbitrary byte sequences in stead of just strings. You'll find that class in lib/protobuf-java-2.3.0.jar which also needs to be in your class path for the library to work.

Here is a complete program to list the entire contents of a riak store.

RiakClient client = new RiakClient("");
ByteString[] buckets = client.listBuckets();
for (ByteString bucket : buckets) {
    System.out.println("=bucket "+bucket.toStringUtf8());
    KeySource keys = client.listKeys(bucket);
    for (ByteString key : keys) {
        System.out.println("==key "+key.toStringUtf8());
        RiakObject[] ros = client.fetch(bucket, key);
        for (RiakObject ro : ros) {

The methods RiakClient.listKeys and RiakClient.mapReduce return streaming handlers that should be closed explicitly (unless you run it to completion in which case it closes itself).

If you set a clientID RiakClient.setClientID; that client ID is used for all connections coming from the same client. RiakClient is "thread safe" so you can use it from several threads at the same time.

Bulk Insert

The method[], RequestMeta) allows efficient bulk insertion (connection request/responses are handled asynchroneously underneath the covers). To run even faster, you can choose to run this in several threads (resulting in multiple connections).

License / Copyright

If you use this library, please be so kind to credit Trifork approproately in your system documentation.

A Java Client API for Riak based on the Protocol Buffers API

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