Cassandra Design Patterns
By Sanjay K. Sharma
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: January 2014
Pages: 88

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Cassandra is a powerful data store solution in the open source NoSQL world. The ability to use its vast capabilities correctly is the need of the hour as more developers start using this powerful tool. Hence, it becomes important to be able to understand how and where to apply Cassandra correctly.

This practical guide will help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of Cassandra and teach you to how to identify business and technical use cases that Cassandra solves.You will also learn how to solve real world business problems and enable you to use Cassandra in the best possible way.

Starting with the origins of Cassandra, this book will delve into how Cassandra solves the traditional big data?s volume, variety and velocity problems. You will then discover use cases and design patterns that every architect and developer faces when designing new solutions, and understand how to use Cassandra to solve these challenges,as well as how to avoid common mistakes and using Cassandra incorrectly.

The book uses design strategies and code samples in order to help you understand the nuances of the use case and design patterns. Finally, after learning about the design patterns to be used in Cassandra, you will develop an understanding of how Cassandra can be used in conjunction with other leading solutions to solve complex real world problems.


This is a step-by-step guide to understanding and using Cassandra in the real world. The book starts with the origins and capabilities of Cassandra and then allows the reader to journey through various real world use cases where Cassandra can be used successfully. The book also deep dives into how to use Cassandra for these use cases and applying the right design patterns.

Who this book is for

If you are an architect or developer wanting to design real world applications using Cassandra, this book is ideal for you. It would be helpful to have a background in Cassandra or programming concepts, but the book is readable for general users who have experience in any programming language or are aware of RDBMS solutions.

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Short and to the point

By msvaljek

from Zagreb, Croatia

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Short
  • To the point
  • Well-written


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Comments about oreilly Cassandra Design Patterns:

Cassandra Design Patterns is very brief and to the point book.This book is not for beginners and is more suitable for architect and developer roles. It starts with a brief history of Cassandra to explain what are the key advantages of Cassandra and how are they achieved under the hood. The Book then makes a short reference to the GoF patterns and introduces the 3V (Volume, Velocity, Variety) Model and explains it in the context of the Big Data. The author then describes in short the common patterns solvable with the Cassandra and gives tips how to implement them. Every presented pattern is described with the problem-intent, context-applicability, forces-motivations, solution summary and an example. I found the description of Complex Event Processing pattern to be very useful. The good part about this book is that it also has a chapter called Patterns and Anti-patterns where the author describes when not to use Cassandra. As developer I used some of the techniques presented in this book especially the reversed indexes described in the chapter about the Needle in a Haystack pattern. All in all i find this book a nice and decent read for any Cassandra developer or architect.


Really really high level overview

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      Comments about oreilly Cassandra Design Patterns:

      There is little detail or implementation guidance in this book. I lean toward calling it marketing material rather than technical content.

      Calling the content "design patterns" is a stretch. It doesn't resemble software design patterns and feels like it's trying to hop on the design patterns buzzword bandwagon.

      If you've never heard of Cassandra, this is potentially a useful book. It does have a couple of choice sentences that will help you convey general concepts to people used to using an RDBMS. If you are looking for how to model and implement, look elsewhere.

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