CQL for Cassandra 1.2


Write multiple DML statements.


        USING TIMESTAMP timestamp
        APPLY BATCH;

dml_statement is:


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A BATCH statement combines multiple data modification language (DML) statements (INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE) into a single logical operation, and sets a client-supplied timestamp for all columns written by the statements in the batch. Batching multiple statements saves network exchanges between the client/server and server coordinator/replicas.

In Cassandra 1.2 and later, batches are atomic by default. In the context of a Cassandra batch operation, atomic means that if any of the batch succeeds, all of it will. To achieve atomicity, Cassandra first writes the serialized batch to the batchlog system table that consumes the serialized batch as blob data. When the rows in the batch have been successfully written and persisted (or hinted) the batchlog data is removed. There is a performance penalty for atomicity. If you do not want to incur this penalty, prevent Cassandra from writing to the batchlog system by using the UNLOGGED option: BEGIN UNLOGGED BATCH

Although an atomic batch guarantees that if any part of the batch succeeds, all of it will, no other transactional enforcement is done at the batch level. For example, there is no batch isolation. Clients are able to read the first updated rows from the batch, while other rows are still being updated on the server. However, transactional row updates within a single row are isolated: a partial row update cannot be read.

Using a timestamp

BATCH supports setting a client-supplied timestamp, an integer, in the USING clause that is used by all batched operations. If not specified, the current time of the insertion (in microseconds) is used.

Individual DML statements inside a BATCH cannot specify a timestamp. However, if you do not specify a batch-level timestamp, you can specify a timestamp in the individual DML statements.

Batching counter updates

Use BEGIN COUNTER BATCH in a batch statement for batched counter updates. Unlike other writes in Cassandra, counter updates are not idempotent.


  INSERT INTO users (userID, password, name) VALUES ('user2', 'ch@ngem3b', 'second user')
  UPDATE users SET password = 'ps22dhds' WHERE userID = 'user2'
  INSERT INTO users (userID, password) VALUES ('user3', 'ch@ngem3c')
  DELETE name FROM users WHERE userID = 'user2'
  INSERT INTO users (userID, password, name) VALUES ('user4', 'ch@ngem3c', 'Andrew')