Workshop: Building a Killr Application with Apache Cassandra




1:00pm - 4:00pm


Participants should have:
Familiarity with Apache Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise
A laptop with the latest docker installed
IDE or editor of choice
Working environment for compiling/running either Java or NodeJS

Beyond the basics of how Apache Cassandra works, lies the ultimate goal: building an actual application. The team at DataStax Developer Relations has built a awesome reference application called KillrVideo and it’s time to add some features! In this workshop, you will get to spend the time thinking through an application data model. Apply business logic to your new data model and implement the actual code. We give you what you need to get started, but in the end you can show off your shiny new feature. You can use NodeJS or Java to make it happen. If you need a quick refresher of how Apache Cassandra works, you can head over to to get up to speed.

Key takeaways:

  • Application based Data Modeling
  • Weighing tradeoffs in Apache Cassandra
  • Advanced details of connecting to a cluster
  • Efficient coding to get data in and out of Apache Cassandra
  • Common pitfalls to avoid

Speaker: Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra @DataStax

Patrick McFadin is one of the leading experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest and exciting deployments in production. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons and an Oracle DBA/Developer for over 15 years.

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