Building an IDE for Apache Cassandra with Eclipse RCP, e4 and Xtext
Apache Cassandra is a distributed, scalable and highly available database used in many large scale infrastructures in companies such as Netflix, eBay, Instagram or Spotify. It comes with a SQL-like query language that reduces its learning curve, but in order to allow developers to have a similar productivity as with traditional RDBMS, several tools are required.
DataStax DevCenter is a standalone IDE built on top of the Eclipse RCP Platform, that makes it easier to create data models and scripts for Cassandra. It relies on Xtext to bring a modern editor with content assist, syntax highlighting, cross references, instant validation and quick fixes. Besides that, in order to build a sophisticated UI while keeping the codebase simple, e4 has been leveraged for dependency injection and event dispatching.
This presentation will provide an overview of the design challenges that we've faced and our experience putting together all these technologies.