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Cassandra: The Definitive Guide Paperback – November 29, 2010
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Eben Hewitt is Director of Application Architecture at a publicly traded company where he is responsible for the design of their mission-critical, global-scale web, mobile and SOA integration projects. He has written several programming books, including Java SOA Cookbook (O'Reilly).
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Despite this, the book does introduce you gently to the different paradigm of key based data modeling. Although at the beginning the author tries to sell you Cassandra as a it were selling you his own product, eventually his tries finish and he enters into the usage of Cassandra.
The examples aren't great and the level of the book is intermediate at most. In my case I think the biggest complaint is that initially after reading through the first 3 chapters I didn't find clear statements about when to use or not Cassandra.
I would buy it again, but I certainly needed a lot of online research to get up to date with the latest topics.
However, I felt the material was jumbled and poorly organized. If I did not have a general understanding of BigTable already, I'd probably be really lost. In one case, an introduction to the Cassandra API was 12 pages of cut and pasted code. The code was also inconsistent at places. Would be super tough for a beginner.
Given that the only real way to learn system is to code to it this presents a real challenge. The current book will give you an overview and feel for Cassandra but will not by itself allow you to start using it.
2. Nearly useless if you are looking at it from the perspective of an application developer who needs to interact with it as a data store. Mainly this is because of 1, above.
Given the general lack of documentation for the project (it's moving too fast for that at the moment), this is great book to have on your shelf if you are seriously considering Cassandra for your application and need a top-down overview of all the large moving components: nomenclature, configuration, available clients, monitoring, and so forth.
All in all, it has been a very useful resource to help us get our first production cluster online.
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