For the last several years Cassandra has been the heavyweight in the NoSQL space. But its massive scalability was accompanied by a bare bones feature set, a substantial learning curve, and a Thrift-based RPC mechanism that left newbies bewildered by a sea of potential client libraries–all with their own fragmented semantics. Over the last year that’s all changed, culminating in the recently unveiled Cassandra 2.0. In this talk I’ll bring you up to speed on Cassandra Query Language, cursors, the new native libraries, lightweight transactions, virtual nodes, and loads of other new goodies. Whether you’re completely new to Cassandra or a seasoned veteran who wants the latest scoop, this talk has something for you.
I work for The Weather Channel’s digital division as part of the team that builds backend services for weather.com and the TWC mobile apps. I have been involved in the Cassandra project since 2010 and have contributed in a variety of ways over the years; this includes work on drivers for Scala and C#, the Hadoop integration, heading up the Atlanta Cassandra Users Group, and answering lots of Stack Overflow questions.