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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849515123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edward Capriolo is currently System Administrator at Media6degrees where he helps design and maintain distributed data storage systems for the internet advertising industry. Edward is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a committer for the Hadoop-Hive project. He has experience as a developer as well Linux and network administrator and enjoys the rich world of open source software.

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I recommend the book to anyone looking to learn Cassandra.
Edward Smith
In addition, I find many good suggestions for system design and performance tuning which helped me a lot when managing multiple production clusters at work.
Feng Qu
It is immensely useful as it tells you step by step what to do, and the steps and the code contained in the book do in fact work.
Mark

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are planning to or already are running a Cassandra cluster, you should read this book. Like a real cookbook, it contains many recipes to carry out tasks that do come up when running Cassandra, from simple stuff like garbage collecting nodes to more complicated performance related tasks. It is immensely useful as it tells you step by step what to do, and the steps and the code contained in the book do in fact work. Besides common tasks, it also discusses more advanced topics like schema design and shows how to approach commonly occurring problems, for instance how to represent time series efficiently in Cassandra. As such, it is immensely useful once you are progressing from Cassandra novice to move serious Cassandra use where performance counts.
One thing I particularly liked about the book is that the author does not only provide recipes or code but he also explains what is going on, frequently with pointers to papers for a more in-depth treatment of what is happening under the hood. Therefore, by reading through the book you not only learn how to solve many of the problems that arise when designing a Cassandra schema or trying to troubleshoot performance but you also get to understand the design of and technology behind Cassandra better.
Another helpful aspect of the book is that it mentions a number of third-party tools (e.g. cacti) that can be useful in troubleshooting performance. Overall, a great and highly recommended book!
One suggestion to the author: adding case studies of performance improvements of real Cassandra clusters would make the book even more useful, particularly for those readers who are running larger and more complex deployments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri Tarassenko on December 21, 2012
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The most important thing you need to know about this book is that it was written when Cassandra was at 0.7. If you are a bit familiar with Cassandra, it does NOT cover CQL (neither 2 nor 3) and it doesn't cover the use of composite types. There is still some info on SuperColumns, although officially they are not recommended anymore. I would say only about 30% of it was applicable for what I needed it for - i.e. there is some stuff still that is relevant and interesting, but if you ask me whether I got my money's worth, I would probably say no.

And then it's a typical Packt book - i.e. no proofreading whatsoever, not even with a MS Word spell-checker. Some people don't mind typos, they drive me nuts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jess Evans on July 3, 2012
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I bought this book assuming that there would be discourse on the implementation of Cassandra and how this informs patterns for maximizing performance. I failed to recognize that it was published by Packt. What I received, as usual for Packt, is not so much a book as a developer's raw stream of consciousness stuffed with printed code that will be defunct in a few releases.

Do you remember how the GoF published real software patterns and soon folks started calling any language best practice a "pattern"? They filled books with these common sense "patterns" (reference an ArrayList using the interface Array or Collection, etc). That is the impression that I have of this book. Once I've used Cassandra heavily, I may return to this book to read the little ADD snippets of code and improve my mastery of best practices...a literal cookbook. However, there are few places where more than five sentences are strung together. This book has no exposition, so do not buy it if you are interested in casually reading about or understanding Cassandra.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry McBride on September 9, 2011
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As a big fan of hands on books such as the `From Scratch' and `Cookbook' series I am always excited to get a chance to review new books in subjects I am interested in. Recently I was given the chance to review the Cassandra High Performance Cookbook by Edward Capriolo. And since I have been exploring several NoSQL solutions this year including MongoDB, CouchDB, Riak, HBase and Cassandra this turned out to be a good opportunity.

Like most `cookbook' style books this book is good for those who are just getting started with Cassandra as well as those with experience with it. Like a real cookbook this book gives you over 150 `receipies' that range from beginner tasks such as how to install to advanced topics such as performance tuning. So along with more common tasks, it also discusses more advanced topics like multi Datacenter deployments and working with Hadoop. The range of tasks makes it very useful once you are progressing from Cassandra novice to move serious Cassandra use.

This book also contains some value adds comming in many hands on books. Such as it covers third party tools. Also like most good hands on style book it gives you the code to look at and play with. The author also does a good job of explaining things in a in-depth manner and links to other documents when he feels it would be useful. This helps to give the reader a better understanding of how things work and makes for a more useful reading experience. Overall I thought the book was useful and worth a read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brent on August 4, 2011
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By following the steps contained in this book I have been able to setup a simple single node Cassandra installation on MacOS 10.5.8. The instructions call for a Linux environment, however the clear and organized methods have allowed me to replicate this environment on a Mac. The book does a great job of laying out a clear path for each recipe. By adhering to the software requirements and recipe instructions I was able to start a Cassandra instance and test that instance all within 10 minutes. As I continue to walk through the recipes I will be sure to update this review.
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