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Open source Java projects: Apache Phoenix

Steven Haines | Feb. 5, 2016
Use standard SQL queries in a NoSQL database with Phoenix.

Finally, query the JAVATEST table to see your data:

0: jdbc:phoenix:localhost> select * from javatest;

|                  MYKEY                   |                 MYCOLUMN                 |
| 1                                        | Hello                                    |
| 2                                        | Java Application                         |

Note that if you want to run this example multiple times you will want to drop the table using either the console or by adding the following to the end of Listing 2:

statement.executeUpdate("drop table javatest")

As you can see, using Phoenix is a simple matter of creating JDBC connection and using the JDBC APIs. With this knowledge you should be able to start using Phoenix with more advanced tools like Spring's JdbcTemplate or any of your other favorite JDBC abstraction libraries!


Apache Phoenix provides an SQL layer on top of Apache HBase that allows you to interact with HBase in a familiar manner. You can leverage the scalability that HBase derives from running on top of HDFS, along with the multi-dimensional data model that HBase provides, and you can do it using familiar SQL syntax. Phoenix also supports high performance by leveraging native HBase APIs rather than MapReduce processes; implementing co-processors to reduce client/server data transfer; and providing custom filters that improve the execution, navigation, and speed of data querying.

Using Phoenix is as simple as adding a JAR file to HBase, adding Phoenix's JDBC driver to your CLASSPATH, and creating a standard JDBC connection to Phoenix using its JDBC URL. Once you have a JDBC connection, you can use HBase just as you would any other database.


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