Cassandra for Developers Training Course

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Duration Duration

21 hours (usually 3 days including breaks)

Requirements Requirements

  • comfortable with Java programming language
  • comfortable in Linux environment (navigating command line, editing files with vi / nano)

Lab environment:

A working Cassandra environment will be provided for students.  Students would need a SSH client and a browser to access the cluster.

Zero Install : There is no need to install Cassandra on students’ machines!

Overview Overview

This course will introduce Cassandra –  a popular NoSQL database.  It will cover Cassandra principles, architecture and data model.   Students will learn data modeling  in CQL (Cassandra Query Language) in hands-on, interactive labs.  This session also discusses Cassandra internals and some admin topics.

Duration : 3 days

Audience : Developers

Course Outline Course Outline

  • Section 1: Introduction to Big Data / NoSQL
    • NoSQL overview
    • CAP theorem
    • When is NoSQL appropriate
    • Columnar storage
    • NoSQL ecosystem
  • Section 2 : Cassandra Basics
    • Design and architecture
    • Cassandra nodes, clusters, datacenters
    • Keyspaces, tables, rows and columns
    • Partitioning, replication, tokens
    • Quorum and consistency levels
    • Labs : interacting with cassandra using CQLSH
  • Section 3: Data Modeling – part 1
    • introduction to CQL
    • CQL Datatypes
    • creating keyspaces & tables
    • Choosing columns and types
    • Choosing primary keys
    • Data layout for rows and columns
    • Time to live (TTL)
    • Querying with CQL
    • CQL updates
    • Collections (list / map / set)
    • Labs : various data modeling exercises using CQL ; experimenting with queries and supported data types
  • Section 4: Data Modeling – part 2
    • Creating and using secondary indexes
    • composite keys (partition keys and clustering keys)
    • Time series data
    • Best practices for time series data
    • Counters
    • Lightweight transactions (LWT)
    • Labs : creating and using indexes;  modeling time series data
  • Section 5 : Data Modeling Labs  : Group design session
    • multiple use cases from various domains are presented
    • students work in groups to come up designs and models
    • discuss various designs, analyze decisions
    • Lab : implement one of the scenario
  • Section 6: Cassandra drivers
    • Introduction to Java driver
    • CRUD (Create / Read / Update, Delete) operations using Java client
    • Asynchronous queries
    • Labs : using Java API for Cassandra
  • Section 7 : Cassandra Internals
    • understand Cassandra design under the hood
    • sstables, memtables, commit log
    • read path / write path
    • caching
    • vnodes
  • Section 8: Administration
    • Hardware selection
    • Cassandra distributions
    • Cassandra best practices (compaction, garbage collection,)
    • troubleshooting tools and tips
    • Lab : students install Cassandra, run benchmarks
  • Section 9:  Bonus Lab (time permitting)
    • Implement a music service like Pandora / Spotify on Cassandra

Bookings, Prices and Enquiries

Guaranteed to run even with a single delegate!
Public Classroom Public Classroom
From $8200
Public Classroom
Participants from multiple organisations. Topics usually cannot be customised
Private Classroom
Participants are from one organisation only. No external participants are allowed. Usually customised to a specific group, course topics are agreed between the client and the trainer.
Private Remote
The instructor and the participants are in two different physical locations and communicate via the Internet. More Information

The more delegates, the greater the savings per delegate. Table reflects price per delegate and is used for illustration purposes only, actual prices may differ.

Number of Delegates Public Classroom Private Remote
1 $8200 $4550
2 $4645 $2770
3 $3460 $2177
4 $2868 $1880
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