What is KijiSchema?
What is KijiSchema?
KijiSchema provides a simple Java API and command line interface for importing, managing, and retrieving data from HBase.
- Set up HBase layouts using user-friendly tools including a DDL
- Implement HBase best practices in table management
- Use evolving Avro schema management to serialize complex data
- Perform both short-request and batch processing on data in HBase
- Import data from HDFS into structured HBase tables
KijiSchema promotes the use of entity-centric data modeling, where all information about a given entity, including both dimensional and transaction data, is encoded within the same row. This approach is particularly valuable for user-based analytics such as targeting, recommendations, and personalization.
Using KijiSchema in Your Project
You will need to include KijiSchema as a dependency in your project. If you’re using Maven, this can be included as follows in your pom.xml in the
<dependency> <groupId>org.kiji.schema</groupId> <artifactId>kiji-schema</artifactId> <version>1.2.1</version> <scope>provided</scope> </dependency> <dependency> <groupId>org.kiji.platforms</groupId> <artifactId>kiji-cdh4-platform</artifactId> <version>1.1.0</version> <scope>provided</scope> </dependency>
Because you typically launch Kiji applications by running
/path/to/example.jar, you can list this as a
provided dependency; the runtime environment will provide the implementation jars, so you do not need to bundle them in your application. If you intend to bundle your application (e.g., for deployment within a Tomcat container), you should list your scope as:
This ensures that Kiji’s jars will be included in your assembled application.
You will need to compile against a specific version of Hadoop and HBase. The
kiji-cdh4-platform dependency specifies which Hadoop platform you depend on; in this case, CDH4. See the kiji-platforms repository for more information.
You’ll probably need to configure your Maven
settings.xml to locate these dependencies. See Getting started with Maven for more details.