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Cassandra Data Modeling and Analysis by C.Y. Kan

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Chapter 2. Cassandra Data Modeling

In this chapter, we will open the door to the world of Cassandra data modeling. We will briefly go through its building blocks, the main differences to the relational data model, and examples of constructing queries on a Cassandra data model.

Cassandra describes its data model components by using the terms that are inherited from the Google BigTable parent, for example, column family, column, row, and so on. Some of these terms also exist in a relational data model. They, however, have completely different meanings. It often confuses developers and administrators who have a background in the relational world. At first sight, the Cassandra data model is counterintuitive and very difficult to grasp and understand. ...

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