About this video (at 29:00), Eric Evans from Rackspace informs a crowd that using Thrift and Avro is an awful idea. Rather, he advocates while using Idiomatic Client Libraries.

http://video.disruptivecode.com/video/840645/what-makes-cassandra-trick

We are mainly coding in PHP. How can we connect PHP with Cassandra without Thrift or Avro?

The Idiomatic Client Libraries that Eric mentions are:

  • Pelops, Hector (Java)
  • Pycassa (Python)
  • Cassandra (Ruby)
  • Others... what are others?

Cassandra High Level Clients (The Cassandra wiki is a superb place on the planet)

Inside your situation I would suggest Tylers Hobb's phpcassa.

You could also want to look into the new kid on the market, unimaginably named PHP Cassandra Client Library: http://github.com/kallaspriit/Cassandra-PHP-Client-Library.

It is a effective high-level client, hiding the eccentricities of Thrift and concentrating on simplicity, performance and lean learning curve featuring:

  • easy and intuitive interface
  • well engrossed in unit tests (> 90%)
  • support for multiple server pools using named singletons
  • requires together with a single file
  • uses reasonable defaults through-out
  • effective syntax for querying data
  • allows controlling keyspaces and column-families
  • automatic packing of datatypes using column metadata
  • retries unsuccessful queries using back-off strategy
  • constructed with performance in your mind (caches schema description etc)
  • well recorded API along with a working example