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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not the usual O'Reilly standard, 26 April 2011
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This review is from: Cassandra: The Definitive Guide (Paperback)
This seems to be the only Cassandra book available at present, so is probably worth owning if you are interested in Cassaandra. However, it added little to the information available on the web in tutorials etc. The section on the internal architecture is confusing and a little disorganised, even when you already understand much of the material. There are quite a few detailed Java code snippets (for client code), but these are very verbose and not well-explained, so don't add as much value as you'd expect. The diagrams explaining the column-based databse structure are some of the best I've seen for Cassandra, although they aren't used as much as they could be within the book. The areas I was hoping for extra details on (load balancing, order-preserving partitioning) aren't covered in much detail. The sections on managing Cassandra in production are far too superficial - they describe many of the parameters one might set - but don't really discuss the tradeoffs or how to select the values. This is problem of style throughout much of the book - it goes into many implementation details, without discussing properly why they matter. Some of the worked examples similarly abandon the reader halfway through without enough explanation.
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