Level Up! 8 resources for a developer getting started with MongoDB

At the end of my presentation at CFCAMP 2013 I mention a number of resources for ColdFusion developers that can accelerate their understanding and adoption of MongoDB. Below are the 8 most useful of these resources.

If you…

1. Buy only one book

MongoDB: The Definitive Guide (2nd Edition)
Kristina Chodorow
(Oreilly, May 2013)

2. Read only one ‘getting started’ tutorial

Getting Started with MongoDB by Mathew Setter
Part 1: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/databases/getting-started-with-mongodb
Part 2: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/databases/getting-started-with-mongodb-part-2

These tutorials were written in early 2012 so they don’t cover all of the latest features (such as the Aggregation Framework) but they are still an excellent resource for any experienced developer who just needs a quick introduction to MongoDB CRUD operations.

3. Take only one online course

M101JS: MongoDB for Node.js Developers
MongoDB University

MongoDB Inc (formerly 10Gen) offer a number of excellent, and free, online courses for developers. These typically last 7 weeks with each week covering a different aspect of Mongo. A certificate is awarded on successful completion of the course homework and final exam (currently around 20% of students pass).

There are other developer courses offered using Python or Java but the real focus is on MongoDB so knowledge of the language is not as important as it might appear. Each course gives a brief introduction to the language being used so this is also a good opportunity to get to know Node.js.

4. Follow only one Twitter feed


The official Twitter feed of MongoDB, Inc.

5. Join only one Google+ community


6. Subscribe to only one email newsletter

MongoDB News

My own email newsletter, dedicated to bringing developers a comprehensive round-up of the best apps, tools, blog posts, tutorials and resources.

The first issue will be mailed out on Monday, 4th of November, 2013 and then every two weeks thereafter.

7. Use only one Cloud hosted environment for your MongoDB database


Easy to set up, fast, reliable and with a free tier that is more than suitable for development work and experimenting.

8. Use only one third-party driver to connect ColdFusion to MongoDB


This open source driver for ColdFusion is a wrapper to the official MongoDB Inc Java driver and actively maintained.


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