Getting Started With ScyllaDB Alternator


Installing Scylla

Before you can start using ScyllaDB Alternator, you will have to have an up and running scylla cluster configured to expose the alternator port. This section will guide you through the steps for setting up the cluster:

Get Scylla with alternator support from a docker:

  1. Because Alternator is still experimental and improves quickly, it is recommended to run the latest nightly build. Make sure you have the latest nightly image by running: docker pull scylladb/scylla-nightly:latest
  2. Follow the steps in the Scylla official download web page add to every “docker run” command: -p 8000:8000 before the image name and --alternator-port=8000 at the end. The “alternator-port” option specifies on which port Scylla will listen for the (unencrypted) DynamoDB API. For example, `docker run –name scylla -d -p 8000:8000 scylladb/scylla-nightly:latest –alternator-port=8000

Testing Scylla’s DynamoDB API support:

Running AWS Tic Tac Toe demo app to test the cluster:

  1. Follow the instructions on the AWS github page
  2. Enjoy your tic-tac-toe game :-)

Setting up the python environment

Run the following commands on your machine, this will install boto3 python library which also contains drivers for DynamoDB:

sudo pip install --upgrade boto3

Runnning some simple scripts:

The following is a 3 scripts test that creates a table named usertable writes the famous hello world record to it, and then, reads it back.

  1. Put the following create table example script in a python file and run it (changing local host to the address of your docker node if you are using docker):
import boto3
dynamodb = boto3.resource('dynamodb',endpoint_url='http://localhost:8000',
                  region_name='None', aws_access_key_id='None', aws_secret_access_key='None')

dynamodb.create_table(
    AttributeDefinitions=[
    {
        'AttributeName': 'key',
        'AttributeType': 'S'
    },
    ],
    BillingMode='PAY_PER_REQUEST',
    TableName='usertable',
    KeySchema=[
    {
        'AttributeName': 'key',
        'KeyType': 'HASH'
    },
    ])
  1. Put the following write example script in a python file and run it (changing local host to the address of your docker node if you are using docker):
import boto3
dynamodb = boto3.resource('dynamodb',endpoint_url='http://localhost:8000',
                  region_name='None', aws_access_key_id='None', aws_secret_access_key='None')

dynamodb.batch_write_item(RequestItems={
    'usertable': [
        {
             'PutRequest': {
                 'Item': {
                     'key': 'test', 'x' : {'hello': 'world'}
                 }
             },
        }
    ]
})
  1. Put the following read example script in a python file and run it (changing local host to the address of your docker node if you are using docker):
import boto3
dynamodb = boto3.resource('dynamodb',endpoint_url='http://localhost:8000',
                  region_name='None', aws_access_key_id='None', aws_secret_access_key='None')

print(dynamodb.batch_get_item(RequestItems={
    'usertable' : { 'Keys': [{ 'key': 'test' }] }
}))

You should see the record you inserted in step 2 along with some http info printed to screen.