This is the presentation I gave at the Reflections | Projections conference at UIUC. http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2013/ It is an introduction to some of the basics of Apache Cassandra, followed by actually getting it up and running. This presentation goes over what Apache Cassandra is and how to get it up and running on your development machine. It then goes over using the DataStax Python Driver and the Cassandra Query Language (CQL) to create tables, write data to them, and then read it back out.
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