OPEN TALK (API): Cassandra Made Easy: Interact with your Data using Stargate HTTP APIs


Kirsten Hunter
DataStax, Developer Advocate

Kirsten Hunter, A developer advocate at DataStax is a passionate speaker, writer and advocate for developer success. She tries to teach developers how to build their dreams and coach service providers about how to set their developers up to be successful. Kirsten is engaging, challenging, and never boring. Her breadth of experience with development, design, support, communication and customer interaction makes her perspective unique and compelling. Sometimes she even blogs here: www.princesspolymath.com.


Apache Cassandraâ„¢ is an incredibly powerful, scalable and distributed open source database. Companies with extremely high traffic use it to provide their users with consistent uptime, blazing speed, and a solid framework. However, many developers find Cassandra to be challenging because the configuration can be complex and learning a new query language (CQL) is something they just don't have time to do.

Stargate is an open source project which sits on top of Cassandra and provides HTTP interfaces to your data - it provides a REST API, a GraphQL API, and a Document API (schema less, similar to MongoDB). You can install it on top of your own Cassandra instance and participate in the community.
Don't just take my word for it, you can get a free Cassandra instance in the cloud from DataStax. The Astra databases do all the configuration for you up front - they're serverless so they scale as your database needs, and you only pay for the traffic you actually use.

With Astra DB, you can set up proof of concepts and create applications to explore whether Cassandra/Stargate is a system that will work for you. In this session Kirsten will demonstrate a TikTok clone which uses React and Netlify to provide a completely serverless application in the cloud.