Upgrade Guide

The purpose of this guide is to detail the changes made by the successive versions of the DataStax C# Driver that are relevant to for an upgrade from prior versions.

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The DowngradingConsistencyRetryPolicy is now deprecated. It will be removed in the following major version of the driver.

The main motivation is the agreement that this policy’s behavior should be the application’s concern, not the driver’s.

We recognize that there are use cases where downgrading is good – for instance, a dashboard application would present the latest information by reading at QUORUM, but it’s acceptable for it to display stale information by reading at ONE sometimes.

But APIs provided by the driver should instead encourage idiomatic use of a distributed system like Apache Cassandra, and a downgrading policy works against this. It suggests that an anti-pattern such as “try to read at QUORUM, but fall back to ONE if that fails” is a good idea in general use cases, when in reality it provides no better consistency guarantees than working directly at ONE, but with higher latencies.

We therefore urge users to carefully choose upfront the consistency level that works best for their use cases, and should they decide that the downgrading behavior of DowngradingConsistencyRetryPolicy remains a good fit for certain use cases, they will now have to implement this logic themselves, either at application level, or alternatively at driver level, by rolling out their own downgrading retry policy.