CompanyJuly 8, 2020

Learning Without Fear at

Jeffrey Carpenter
Jeffrey CarpenterSoftware Engineer - Stargate
Learning Without Fear at

We’re excited to share a new learning experience for both new and experienced Cassandra users now available at The “DataStax for Developers” site features embedded hands-on learning scenarios where you apply concepts as you learn them by interacting with a live Cassandra cluster. 

The scenarios under the Try it Out section will get you writing CQL and coding in Java, Python or node.js in minutes, and we show you how to get your own free database using DataStax Astra where you can continue learning, experimenting and building your own apps. 

The site also includes an initial set of “skills” pages with additional scenarios to help you learn how to create data models, integrate Cassandra and Kafka, and deploy Cassandra on Kubernetes. We’ll continue to deliver additional skills pages on Cassandra fundamentals and integrations with other technologies frequently used in modern, cloud-native application development. 

The scenarios are built using O’Reilly’s Katacoda technology, and a selection of our scenarios are also available on the O’Reilly Katacoda website at the DataStax Katacoda page

Shashank S. had this to say about the scenarios: “It just gets you started. It helps you understand the technology even if you don't know the language. One thing people are always afraid of learning systems is the setup. Katacoda solves that problem like never before. The tutorial is great to begin with. It feels awesome. Great work :)”

We want to make you as successful as possible with this technology, so we’re very interested in your feedback, especially if you’re brand new to Cassandra. Please reach out with your questions, comments, and suggestions via email at, or on Twitter: @datastaxdevs.

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The /dev launch is just the first stage in a larger transformation of our learning programs. We’ve all been adjusting to different locations and schedules over the past few months, and many of you have been taking advantage of new learning opportunities we’ve been providing, including:                                                                                

  • Our summertime Cassandra Workshop Series is in the second of eight weeks. There’s still time to get caught up, whether you’d just like to learn Cassandra, or start your path to certification
  • The DataStax Examples page is a great collection of code samples that can help jumpstart your development projects


Stay tuned for more opportunities coming soon!



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