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Cassandra, NoSQL databases

By Menno Wildeboer

Introduction

Apache Cassandra is a massively scalable open source NoSQL database used by the likes of Ebay, Netflix and Facebook. An awesome choice for todays big data projects.

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1 Tutorial: Getting Started With Cassandra

Based on Ronald Mathies' intro articles to Cassandra and a few other resources I've been gathering, I thought I should put together a detailed guide to getting started with Cassandra. As one would expect the ☞ first post is briefly introducing Cassandra and covers the distribution details and installation steps. It should be noted that Windows may not be the

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2 Composite Keys in Apache Cassandra

Newer versions of Apache Cassandra include CQL, an SQL-like query language that supports both query, update and delete statements as well as the Data Definition Language (DDL) statements like create and alter for tables and indexes. You can create tables (known as column families in Cassandra lingo) just like you can in a relational database, but there are some caveats.

Added by Menno Wildeboer: “Again with a clear example on how Cassandra datamodels work compared to 'traditional' databases.

3 Documentation

Added by Menno Wildeboer: “In general one of the most clear posts about Cassandra.

4 WTF is a SuperColumn

Hey there: this post is pretty old is based on Cassandra version 0.6. Some of this still applies but for the most up to date documentation check out http://www.datastax.com/docs/ddl/index For the last month or two the Digg engineering team has spent quite a bit of time looking into, playing with and finally deploying Cassandra in production.

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5 Cassandra By Example

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article describes an obsolete version of Apache Cassandra. For tutorials covering modern Cassandra, please visit http://planetcassandra.org/try-cassandra/. Cassandra has received a lot of attention of late, and more people are now evaluating it for their organization. As these folks work to get up to speed, the shortcomings in our documentation become all the more apparent. Easily, the worst

Added by Menno Wildeboer: “Installation and query example for CQL.

6 Apache Cassandra CQL3 - Installation and Tests using Python " Gugulethu Ncube

1. Apache Cassandra Home: http://cassandra.apache.org/ 2. python-cql Github Home: https://github.com/pcmanus/python-cql 3. python-cql PIP Home: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/cql 4. CQL Tutorial: http://techdocs.acunu.com/v1.1/html/tutorial.html#using-cql 5. Apache Cassandra 1.2 Documentation(PDF): http://www.datastax.com/doc-source/pdf/cassandra12.pdf 6. Cassandra Query Language Manual: http://cassandra.apache.org/doc/cql3/CQL.html 7. Cassandra, CQL3, and Time Series Data With Timeuuid: http://www.rustyrazorblade.com/2012/10/cassandra-cql3-and-time-series-data-with-timeuuid/ 8. CQL3 for Cassandra experts: 9.

Added by Menno Wildeboer: “Best practices are uncommon and this one by Ebay really clearifies a lot.

7 Cassandra Data Modeling Best Practices, Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts on Cassandra data modeling, implementation, operations, and related practices that guide our Cassandra utilization at eBay. Some of these best practices we've learned from public forums, many are new to us, and a few still are arguable and could benefit from further experience. Readers should note that this article describes data

Added by Menno Wildeboer: “Ebay part 2.

8 Cassandra Data Modeling Best Practices, Part 2

In the first part, we covered a few fundamental practices and walked through a detailed example to help you get started with Cassandra data model design. You can follow Part 2 without reading Part 1, but I recommend glancing over the terms and conventions I'm using. If you're new to Cassandra, I urge you to read Part 1. Readers should

Added by Menno Wildeboer: “Watch out for those, especially if you come from a RDBMS.

9 Apache Cassandra tricks and traps

This post is a start of a new topic on NoSQL/Big Data Today I will give some tricks I found out with Apache Cassandra during my work on Tatami and point out some gotchas to avoid. Those who are not familiar with the Cassandra data model, you can have a look there: First we start with good things, the tricks

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