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MongoDB in Action 1st Edition

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Kyle Banker works as a software engineer at 10gen, the company behind MongoDB, where he maintains the official MongoDB drivers for Ruby and C. He can be found blogging about MongoDB and related topics of interest at


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (December 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182870
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sunflower TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 18, 2011
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Very good breadth and depth -- 4.5 stars

This book covers MongoDB 2.0 and provides very useful recommendations on document- and system-design practices and patterns that application developers and administrators can adopt for their own work.

You must know Javascript and enough Ruby basics to be able to follow along, because the code examples use these two languages. If you are a MongoDB novice, note however that 10gen, the company behind MongoDB, does provide drivers in other languages for communicating with MongoDB, including Java, C#, Python, and PHP (please visit the MongoDB web site for a complete list of 10gen- and community-supported drivers and languages).

This book is divided into three parts. Part 1 introduces you to MongoDB, what makes it different from relational databases as well as simple key-value stores, and what application niches MongoDB can be good and not so good or appropriate for. The three chapters comprising Part 1 will get you started with the basics, such as how to install MongoDB, Ruby, and the Ruby driver for MongoDB for Linux, Mac, and Windows; how to startup the server and how to communicate with it using the Javascript shell and the Ruby driver, how to perform simple queries, and how to write a simple web application in Ruby using MongoDB as the data backend.

Part 2 provides tutorials on how to design, create, and manipulate document-oriented data models, with particular attention to achieving safety, flexibility, and efficiency. The tutorials use a data model revolving around Products, Product Categories, Users, Orders, and Product Reviews.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Wagner on January 13, 2012
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In order, the book provides the following:
- An introduction to MongoDB, and why you would choose to use it
- The MongoDB Shell, an interface to MongoDB. You also get some basic administration information
- A simple application that uses MongoDB (written in Ruby)
- How to think of your data, in a document-centric way (it's different than the relational way!)
- Writing queries, and aggregating data the map reduce way
- How to update and delete data, including some performance tips
- Finding and improving slow queries
- Replicating MongoDB
- Sharding (xxxx partitioning)
- Operational considerations like monitoring, backups and recovery

The author, an employee of 10gen, clearly knows the subject well. The book does a good job of comparing and contrasting document centric and relational models, which should be a big help for readers new to the domain. The scope is wide, covering aspects from design to implementation, installation to administration. The writing is clear and easy to understand, the illustrations are clear and simple. (I do wish there were a few more illustrations, they are always appreciated.) The book reads like an easy conversation with a topic expert. Recommended for anyone using MongoDB.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sebastien Arbogast on August 8, 2012
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The content is great, but my edition is filled with errors, most of them being in the worst parts: code samples. And these are not small errors. I'm talking about entire lines removed and identifiers typed wrong. NoSQL is no easy topic and the least you can ask for when you pay for such a book is to have all errors removed. OK, there is an Errata page on Manning's website, but when you're reading your book comfortably in your bed, you don't have the errata at hand and it's really a pain in the ass. Plus, what's even more absurd is that I'm reading the eBook version of it, so how easy to you think it is to locate errata when page numbers don't match? And when in the world are they gonna figure out a way to patch your ebook remotely instead of writing an errata page? I'm really pissed at Manning. Next time, I won't buy my books, I'll find another way...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shargors on April 17, 2013
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This book is a bit outdated by now (current version of MongoDB is 2.4 and the book covers 2.0) but is still relevant. It covers the product very well. The explanations are clear and detailed enough. MongoDB is a complext product so I read and re-read some pages many times and it helped me a great deal to understand MongoDB in more and more detail. This is the only book I have read so far on MongoDB and I would still recommend it. I hope that the author will update the book with the material related to the new releases.
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