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version: 0.1

== Welcome to the Pandra Toolkit ==

Copyright (C) 2010 Michael Pearson <>

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
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The Pandra homepage is

- What is it?

	Pandra (PHP-Cassandra) is a light-weight PHP based create/read/update/delete (CRUD) layer for the Cassandra distributed datastore.  
	Sitting ontop of the generated Thrift Interface files, it suits as a factory patterned rapid prototyping tool.

	"Cassandra is a highly scalable, eventually consistent, distributed, structured key-value store. 
	 Cassandra brings together the distributed systems technologies from Dynamo and the data model from Google's BigTable. 
	 Like Dynamo, Cassandra is eventually consistent. Like BigTable, Cassandra provides a ColumnFamily-based data model richer than typical key/value systems.

	 Cassandra was open sourced by Facebook in 2008, where it was designed by one of the authors of Amazon's Dynamo. 
	 In a lot of ways you can think of Cassandra as Dynamo 2.0. Cassandra is in production use at Facebook but is still under heavy development."

	Pandra can be installed and interfaced in a few minutes, building your API or web service on a highly redundant datastore can be realised with relative ease.

- Key Features

	* Clear demarcation of columfamily objects from the underlying cluster connection handlers

	* Supports any number of Cassandra nodes, tweakable consistency levels

	* Extensible type definition, validation and callback layers

	* Flexible arrangement of Keyspaces, Column Families and Super Columns (implements ArrayAccess)

	* Schema aware, or build factory objects on the fly

- Dependencies

	* Cassandra >= 0.5.0

	* Thrift Interface (cassandra.thrift and pre-generated files are packaged)

	* PHP >= 5.3