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• Quarkus

Quarkus - Supersonic Subatomic Java is a modern Kubernetes-native Java framework tailored for GraalVM and HotSpot to create applications for a modern, cloud-native world.

The goal is to make Java the leading platform in Kubernetes and serverless environments while offering developers a framework to address a wider range of distributed application architectures.

Wth its reactive nature, it complements Apache Cassandra and together they are a great fit for responsive microservices.

1. Overview is the central repoistory for everything Quarkus related.

The Cassandra Quarkus extension renders cassandra a first class citizen on the platform.

You can [use the Cassandra client guide for Quarkus] ( to get started on using Quarkus and Astra together.

2. Create a Data Model

Create a Data model for the simple application using the following CQL statement in the Astra console.

CREATE TABLE k1.Fruit ( name text PRIMARY KEY, description text);

where k1 is the keyspace.

3. Try it out!

Start by cloning the repo.

git clone

Version check.

Check the Java version with the following command.

java -version
openjdk version "11.0.14" 2022-01-18
OpenJDK Runtime Environment GraalVM CE (build 11.0.14+9-jvmci-22.0-b05)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM GraalVM CE (build 11.0.14+9-jvmci-22.0-b05, mixed mode, sharing)

Setup Astra credentials.

Include the credentials from the Astra console in the file src/main/resources/ as shown below by downloading and including the path of the security connect bundle and the username and secret for the database.

 # Authentication
 # See
-#quarkus.cassandra.auth.username=<your username>
-#quarkus.cassandra.auth.password=<your password>

Package the app as below.

mvn clean package

and run the application as below.

java -jar target/cassandra-quarkus-quickstart-1.0.1-runner.jar

Check if the REST endpoints are accessible as below.

curl http://localhost:8080/fruits

As we've no data (yet), we should get an empty list.

Let's add an entry as indicated in the example.

curl --header "Content-Type: application/json" \
  --request POST \          
  --data '{"name":"apple","description":"red and tasty"}' \

Let's check via the curl command as below

curl http://localhost:8080/fruits

and also in the Astra CQL console.

select * from k1.Fruit;

 name  | description
 apple | red and tasty

(1 rows)

4. Next Steps and Conclusions

You can check out the object mapper details, metrics and health reports from the app as outlined in the user guide.

You could even package it as a native app and realize the full power of the Quarkus platform.

5. More Resources!

Last update: 2023-01-06