November 27th, 2013

Here in the US, we have our coveted Thanksgiving weekend upon us. Somebody years ago decided that this holiday should land on a the last Thursday of November. This almost guarantees a four day weekend. Absolutely brilliant. The usual plan is for people all over the country to get together, eat like crazy and watch televised sports. So what are your plans? If you are looking for something to do between events, let me make a suggestion! Why not get going on a great career move and head over to DataStax Academy for Apache Cassandra? 


Now is the perfect time to get started. The new year is around the corner and what a great way to start 2014 off. Some in-depth training on what could become a really cool career move. I talk to people every day looking for qualified developers on Apache Cassandra. Help me out here! I hate saying “Gee, I don’t know anyone free.” There is a real groundswell of Cassandra adoption in enterprises large and small. The difference in you getting that next cool gig could just be having some training and certification under your belt. 


So what am I proposing here? We are currently on module three, so if you haven’t started yet, you can do a good bit of catch up this long weekend. By Sunday night you could have a running Cassandra cluster and using some Java code to get data in and out. Great start! Monday morning, module 4 will be released and you’ll be ready to go. 


Cyber Monday is the craziest day for online retailers. The number of them using Cassandra right now compared to last year is impressive . I expect that number to only go up next year. So how about it? You could be working on that cool project in the coming year. The training is free, why not? If you get through it this weekend, send me a tweet (@PatrickMcFadin) . I want to hear from you and then when I get asked if I know any trained Cassandra programmers, I can say YES!


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Next: Eat some Turkey, write some code and see you on Cyber Monday.


Oh and those of you not in the US? You’ll have to simulate Thanksgiving by eating a really large dinner on Thursday. Either way, take the next four days and make it productive!