Lynn Bender

How to think in Cassandra: Data Modeling Workshop at Cassandra NYC

By Lynn BenderNovember 1, 2011

One of the most popular parts of Cassandra SF 2011 was Matt Dennis’ Data Modeling Workshop (video). When we first solicited suggestions for presentations at the upcoming Cassandra NYC conference, one of the most requested topics was data modeling. Quite a few folks even asked if we could bring Matt to NYC. We asked Matt, and he agreed.

In his workshop, Matt goes beyond the toy examples found in most tutorials. Conference attendees are encouraged to submit their difficult data modeling problems in advance. Matt will pick the selection of the most interesting, with focus on the models demonstrating common pitfalls, and work through them with the audience. The data modeling workshop is free to all attendees of Cassandra NYC. To submit your data modeling problem for consideration, submit your idea or send a brief description to

Matt Dennis currently works on Cassandra full time at DataStax, where he was the first employee. Prior to DataStax, Matt held various technical leadership and senior development roles at Crossroads Systems and Troux Technologies. In a former life he spent time as a sys admin. Matt studied Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Engineering respectively. He is currently on hiatus from pursuing a doctorate to help further Cassandra and the community.

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