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  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782163905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782163909
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vivek Mishra

Vivek Mishra is an IT professional with more than nine years of experience in various technologies like Java, J2ee, Hibernate, SCA4J, Mule, Spring, Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB, REDIS, Hive, Hadoop. He has been a contributor for open source like Apache Cassandra and lead committer for Kundera(JPA 2.0 compliant Object-Datastore Mapping Library for NoSQL Datastores like Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB and REDIS).

Mr Mishra in his previous experience has enjoyed long lasting partnership with most recognizable names in SCM, Banking and finance industries, employing industry standard full software life cycle methodologies Agile and SCRUM. He is currently employed with Impetus infotech pvt. ltd.

He has undertaken speaking engagements in cloud camp and Nasscom Big data seminar and is an active blogger and can be followed at mevivs.wordpress.com


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In a nutshell: Like many of the PacktPub 'Instant' series this book provides a great primer for the chosen topic, but IMHO is over-priced (especially the printed version), and you can often find the same information on the web if you don't mind searching around. This book is also biased toward 'Kundera', an open-source JPA-based method of accessing Cassandra of which this book's author is also the primary committer, and although this will get you up and running quickly, it may hide some of the lower-level details of Cassandra from you.

As a Java architect/developer I constantly strive to keep myself up-to-date with the latest technologies and trends, and it has been impossible to ignore the NoSQL movement over the last year. In my daily work I've used many key-value stores (Redis, memcached etc), document-oriented databases (MongoDB in particular), but I haven't experimented as much as I would have liked with Column-oriented datastores such as HBase and Cassandra. Hence I've started playing with these technologies in my spare time. Learning HBase was well-covered by HBase in Action, and for learning Cassandra I bought Cassandra High Performance Cookbook. Although the cookbook is excellent (and I highly recommend it when you've mastered the key concepts of Cassandra), the recipe format can be a little off-putting when you're first playing with a technology, and so I decided to also purchase the book currently under review.

This book offers a great introduction to Cassandra and the key concepts behind the columnar approach to storing data.
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waste of money and time 10 Jun 2013
By Bjorn Dittmer-roche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I can't believe how utterly ripped off I feel about this book. Here are some of the major problems with the book:

- There is no information in this book that you can't easily get online. This would be fine (and to be expected) if it were at all well organized, which it isn't.
- The book is incredibly short, so it's not like it's a compendium of information that would have otherwise been hard to find from a variety of online sources. Moreover, no clue is given to where to find further information when a topic is introduced (eg "Note: It is recommended to keep the key and row cache configuration default values, which should only be changed after a detailed analysis." How you might do such analysis, when you might know to do it or even where to go for more information is, apparently, an exercise for the reader.)
- The explanations are poor and sometimes incorrect (eg Definition of a "decentralized systems": "systems that provide maximum throughput from each node")
- The grammar is so bad it makes the book jarring and hard to read. When not incorrect, it is awkward. ("JPA is a standard specification and has been widely used in the industry since a long time.")
- The organization is atrocious. For example, the section titled "Hands on with the Cassandra command-line interface" is mostly about defining basic cassandra concepts like keyspaces, column families and so on. These concepts are all bullet points at the same level as "Cassandra-cli" which is where you actually learn about the cassandra command-line interface. Where by "learn about" I mean you are told that it exists and how to invoke it. There is nothing "hands-on" about this section except that it ends by telling you how to invoke the cli.

I would say "It's as if the publisher spent no time reviewing the book for content, organization, and grammar" except that it's not AS IF that happened -- I'm pretty sure that is ACTUALLY what happened.

I am requesting a refund on this disaster.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't add any value 29 July 2013
By I90Runner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read and attended datastax conference and datastax materails about Apache Cassandra.
This books seems to be just outline whats available in datastax website for beginners.
This doesn't add any value if you are looking to get started with Cassandra.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Where's the content? 3 Aug 2013
By Chad Hendren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Very, very limited content in this book. I am embarrassed I spent money to purchase it. I hope the author has intentions of a free follow-up book.
poorly written 19 Oct 2013
By T. Meron - Published on Amazon.com
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Poorly written, disorganized and over all very disappointing book. Could have really used to help of a professional editor. What a waste
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I should have read the reviews before buying 17 July 2013
By audiblemercy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a waste of money. Luckily I bought the Kindle version instead of the physical copy. The online documentation from DataStax is better than this.
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