Cassandra for Developers Training Course

Course CodeCourse Code


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)


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.

Audience : Developers

Course OutlineCourse 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


Topics approached. Very complete.

Carlos Eloi Barros - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

The last exercise was very good.

José Monteiro - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

I already using and have a application in production with cassandra so mostly of the topics i already know but the data modeling and advanced topics are a lot interesting.

Tiago Costa - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

There was a lot of knowledge and material shared that will help me to do my current tasks.

Miguel Fernandes - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

The amount of exercises. We could immediately apply the knowledge shared and ensure the information was on point.

Joana Pereira - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

All technical explanation and theoretical introduction

André Santos - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

Very good explanations with in depth examples

Rui Magalhaes - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

The practical exercises and examples of implementing examples of real models and contexts

Leandro Gomes - Farfetch Portugal - Unipessoal, Lda

Bookings, Prices and EnquiriesBookings, Prices and Enquiries

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Private Classroom
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
From £3300
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 Private Remote
1 £3300
2 £2325
3 £2000
4 £1838
Public Classroom
From £3750
Public Classroom
Participants from multiple organisations. Topics usually cannot be customised

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
1 £3750
2 £2575
3 £2183
4 £1988
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London, Hatton GardenMon, 2018-02-12 09:30N/A / £4425

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