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Membase Command Line Tool Set Specification

High Level Description

There will be a command line tool set that exists that allows users to have
the same access to functions such as: 

* Starting and stopping of the server
* The dynamic cluster membership changes of the 
  NorthScale Membase Server
* Query/fetch a given key
* Joining a host:port
* Listing nodes
* Replication information
* Set a given key/value


* Not only support the Northscale Membase Server, but
could also support the Northscale Memcached Server since both 
of these products have a well-defined streaming REST 
(Representational State Transfer) interface. 

* Be able to point to any server node in 
the cluster to be able to manage the entire Membase cluster.

* Be extensible. To add new functions or commands to the tool,
there needs to be a way to easy add new functions with the least
amount of changes to the overall tool as well as existing tools

Mid-level Discription

These tools will have some primary components:

* Use the chain of responsibility design pattern. A good example of 
this can be found at: 
Although this example is in C++, the basic concept will be possible
to be implemented in Python.
* These tools will be written in Python, using a framework which works best
for extensibility
* Top level source file:
  - parses user input to obtain 
    * operation name
    * command line flags specific to that command of the desired operation. 
  - has dictionary of functions keyed by the name which will be a 
  "dispatch hash"
* Source file with the implementation of functions for sending REST 
requests to the specified server and processing the JSON response. 
  - PycURL library will provide the HTTP client functionality 
  - Parsing of JSON into objects will be processed by the json module. 
  The ouput of this processing can be used by the command line 
  to display the JSON results of the REST command in a printable format

For instance:

* - contains parsing of command, dictionary of functions keyed by
command string to dispatch appropriate method.
* - contains the function that implements the 
servers listing functionality
* membase_cli_$operation - other operations, as they are implemented
* - contains the functions for :
  - converting json replies from the REST interface to something that 
  can be printed out by the program for the given command 
  - HTTP client interface for sending REST commands and recieving 
  the JSON replies


The following are operations that each function source file will implement:

command as run by user                REST command 
membase listservers                   GET /pools/default 

membase join                          POST /node/controller/doJoinCluster
  -c cluster (IP:port, host:port) 
  -u user
  -p password

membase eject                         POST /node/controller/ejectNode
  -c cluster (IP:port, host:port) 
  -u user
  -p password

membase listpools                     GET  /pools/default
  -s servers [server,] 

membase listbuckets                   GET /pools/default/buckets/default
  -p pool [pool,]

membase flush                         GET /pools/default/bucket/default/controller/doFlush 

membase stats                         GET /pools/default/stats?stat=$stat&period=$period 
  -p pools [pool,]
  -s servers [server,] 
  -b buckets
membase bucket                        POST /pools/$pool/buckets  (pool != default)                                              
  -c create
  -n bucketname                                                   name=$bucketname
  -g get
  -p pool 
  -d delete
  -f flush [bucket,]
  -s cachesize                                                    cacheSize=$cachesize       

membase log
  -g get
  -e entry text

membase version

Low-level Discription

Chain of responsibility/dispatcher

One crude idea is a big switch() statement to call the appropriate
command or function. But the article above brings to light a more
flexible and extensible model: using a Python dictionary of functions,
keyed by the operation for whatever functions exist and to simple call
the appropriate function/method based on the command (hash key, value 
being the function/method), without having to use a switch or 
interpolation of the command string into a numeric value tested by a
switch statement.

Each command implementation will exist in its own source file, and 
whatever happens to be imported into the top-level program, that 
command should simply run as it is keyed from the function dictionary. 

Networking Layer using REST

The source file will contain the 
functions for sending REST requests to the server using PyCURL.
Imported by each source file implementing a particular command, the 
programs that implment each REST action will have access to these 

JSON parsing of REST replies will also contain the functions/methods 
for parsing the REST JSON replies into data objects that can be 
displayed to the user. 

Command line parsing

The top level source file,, will contain the functionality for 
parsing user input to the main command line program.

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