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YugabyteDB Engineering Update – May 6, 2020

Jimmy Guerrero

VP Developer Relations

YugabyteDB Release Updates

We are excited to announce that YugabyteDB 2.1.5 is GA! The 2.1.5 release shipped with over 40 new enhancements and fixes. Also, yesterday we hit a milestone that we are very proud of–we welcomed our 1000th member to the YugabyteDB community Slack channel! Congrats to Rob Sami for being the 1000th member, and thank you to the entire YugabyteDB community for your contributions and support along the way. 🙏🙌🔥

What’s YugabyteDB? It is an open source, high-performance distributed SQL database built on a scalable and fault-tolerant design inspired by Google Spanner. YugabyteDB’s SQL API (YSQL) is PostgreSQL wire compatible.

Here are a few highlights from the release notes.

Core Database – New Features and Fixes

  • We made improvements to tablet splitting including support for transaction-enabled tables and the addition of a WAL index flush before copying the WAL during table splitting. (#4169)
  • In the area of colocated tables functionality, we’ve added an optimization that pushes index lookups down to DocDB (#3609), range keys are now used by default for tables and indexes (#3034), plus we now avoid unnecessary RPC requests when issuing DROP and TRUNCATE statements. (#3387)
  • Enhancements were made to snapshot backups so that a table’s indexes are now backed up as well. (#3836)
  • TLS encryption support was added to yb-ts-cli (adds –certs_dir_name flag) for sending secure RPC requests to servers. (#2877)
  • The yugabyte-client package now includes a share folder containing .sql files for creating sample databases. (#4264)

YSQL API – New Features and Fixes

  • The CREATE TABLE statement now supports the SPLIT AT VALUES clause, which is currently in Beta. (#1486) For range-partitioned tables, you can use the SPLIT AT VALUES clause to set split points to pre-split range-sharded tables. For example:
      a int,
      b int,
      primary key(a asc, b desc)
    ) SPLIT AT VALUES((100), (200), (200, 5));
  • We now perform a read restart for an EXECUTE statement if the prepared statement is a SELECT. (#4205)
  • Two updates to the DROP INDEX statement were made including the ignoring of index backfill and DocDB NotFound errors when it doesn’t have table metadata, but PostgreSQL does. (#4249)
  • We now force single row UPDATE prepare statements to use a custom plan that requires boundParams to be sent for creation and execution. (#4219)
  • We improved the performance of multi-column primary keys by generating scanspec for range partitioned tables using condition expression. (#4033)

You can check out all 40+ closed issues on GitHub.

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