Wiki: Hands-onCassandra

Hands-on Cassandra tutorial

Tuesday, July 20
Portland 256


A notebook computer with administrative access, 4GB of free disk space, and one of:

Option A
Come prepared with the following software installed:

1. Java 6 JVM (OpenJDK or Sun)
2. Python >= 2.5 and < 3.0
3. Python modules:
a. Thrift >= 0.2 (

b. Django >= 1.2 (

c. simplejson >= 2.1 (

4. patch

5. ipython (optional)

See the CheeseShopTutorial for help on installing Python modules.

Platform specific notes:

Microsoft Windows: Hands-on Cassandra was prepared with Unix-like systems in mind. If you are planning to
bring a computer with MS Windows and are not confident that you can translate the steps for your
environment, then please consider Option B below instead.

Option B

Come prepared with the following software installed: VMware Player (Windows/Linux) or VMware Fusion (Mac),
both of which are free (as in beer) from VMware’s website.

We’ll pass around USB keys with a 3GB virtual machine image that contains everything needed to follow along
with the tutorial. If you choose this option, be sure you have Player/Fusion installed and tested ahead of time
as there likely won’t be any time to deal with VMware setup/installation issues once the tutorial has begun.

Questions? Please use the comment box on the tutorial description page.

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