Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Data and Ruby on Rails in Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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Sunday 13th March 2011

  • Embracing NoSQL - Your First Cassandra Project

    by Ryan King, Jared Carroll, Rudy Jahchan, Michael Wynholds and Rob Pak

    What is Cassandra? What is NoSQL? Why are sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Digg all using these new technologies? And what does that mean to me?

    The popularity of the NoSQL movement has exploded in the last year or two, as a number of these non-traditional data storage systems have gone from experimental curiosities to powerful production-ready engines that power the largest real-time social networking sites on the Web.

    Born out of Facebook, Cassandra is one of super-hot players in this new movement. We recently had an opportunity to build a new social networking site using it for the first time, and we want to share what we learned.

    In this presentation:

    • You will discover the NoSQL movement and the big players who lead it.
    • You will learn both *how* and *why* you should build your site using Cassandra.
    • You will understand what Cassandra offers, and how it differs from traditional databases as well as other NoSQL competitors like CouchDB and MongoDB.
    • You will walk through real code examples that can help you bootstrap your own Cassandra project.
    • You will see where we stumbled along the way, so you can avoid making the same mistakes.

    Code samples are in Ruby on Rails.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 3:30pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Capitol E-H, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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