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50 Tips and Tricks for MongoDB Developers 1st Edition

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Book Description

Get the Most Out of Your Database

About the Author

Kristina Chodorow, a software engineer at 10gen, is a core contributor to the MongoDB project and has worked on the database server, PHP driver, Perl driver, and many other areas. She’s given talks at conferences around the world, including OSCON, LinuxCon, FOSDEM, and Latinoware.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449304613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449304614
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are 50 tips in 52 page, so about a tip per page, but really some are longer (like 2 pages) and some are just a paragraph. The information seems to be dated quickly as the version of MongoDB rolls forward and new features are implemented. Some of the tips are more like workarounds for incomplete areas in MongoDB, but they are valuable when needed. If you asked me if I would buy again, I would answer no. The book is overpriced for the content and is just a list of tips. I'm giving mine to a friend...
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50 Tips & Tricks for MongoDB Developers is a new offering from O'Reilly in the shorter (66 pages in the ebook format) but more current format they seem to have recently adopted.

The audience for the book is described as those who know the basics of MongoDB, but need to go further. In my opinion, it would be most useful to developers or users who have implemented at least one application beyond the samples and quickstart materials at mongodb.org. If you have not actually used MongoDB for even simple test applications, many of the tips will be academic exercises, nice to know, but not necessarily immediately applicable.

As for the tips themselves, your mileage may vary according to your application needs, but there is a nice mix of topics, from design to optimization. The author's writing style is direct and most examples are straightforward and easily assimilated.

Since I have used MongoDB only for testing and small in-house applications, my only gauge of accuracy was in the tips related to indexing. The text matched my experiences with the product. Kristina Chodorow, the author, could be considered somewhat authoritative as she is the maintainer of several Mongo drivers (typos excepted).

Overall, yes, you can find all this information on the internet, but the book will save you time and appears to be offered in e-book format at a reasonable price point.

Disclaimer: I was provided access by O'Reilly Publishing to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
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I have been using MongoDB in my last couple of projects and really like it. But there was a bit of a learning curve that I would liken to my jump from programming in procedural to object oriented - just wrapping your mind around a new way of doing something really absorbs a lot of time and energy. I have the Definitive Guide to MongoDB which Kristina co-authored, and found it to be a great resource in making that transition. However, taking that massive amount of new information, along with day to day developing, and finding the time to figure out, first things, first in fine tuning my DBs was a real challenge. That's where this book became my fastback. 50 tips and tricks was like having my own consultant advising me on the best practices for my MongoDB. Kristina has a really nice straight forward way of explaining the material in an easy to understand format. The tips, in my opinion, are invaluable for both database admins, and developers alike. I would recommend this book as a companion book to the definitive guide to MongoDB by the same author because together, they build a solid foundation for MongoDB.
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Exactly what I was looking for: an expert sharing to-the-point important tips in building a mongodb database without having a ton of experience. This book will save you lot's of time. It will not teach you the basics, but assuming you've got that covered it will help you tackle unavoidable design questions such as normalizing or de-normalizing, the proper way to store data types such as dates, most efficient aggregation techniques... just to name a tiny few. I absolutely love the author's approach of simply going through the list of tips and its related solution as opposed to trying to cover mongodb from A-Z... Great work thanks!
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A precious condensed reminder of what's good to do and what is not, as a MongoDB developer.

The book might be just a bit over 60 pages, but it's a little treasure, it's like a pocket reference or cheatsheet. It would actually be great to have the simple list of tips with you when you do MongoDB development or design.
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I've been developing SQL applications for a long time, and have looked at the NoSQL movement with a bit of skepticism. When I design an application in my head, it includes referential integrity, so when thinking about data in terms of documents, problems that I know the answer for using an RDBMS model are suddenly very difficult when trying to apply a NoSQL model. My goal was to find a book that helped explain how these common use cases are solved without the rigid guidance of RDBMS principles.

This is the first MongoDB book I purchased, and it did not disappoint. The first tip, "Duplicate data for speed, reference data for integrity" went a long way towards clearing up some of my fundamental questions with document based storage. I've read internet articles on the topic before, but something in the conciseness, smart use of examples, and clarity of Kristina's writing made it "click" for me in a way that it hadn't before.

I didn't used to buy many computer books, because they so often ended up being huge tomes with a lot of fluff and miscellany. With the popularity of eBooks rising, I'm happy to see a trend of shorter, to the point books that may not have been published under the print only model. 50 Tips and Tricks for MongoDB Developers is a perfect example, and I recommend it to anyone experienced in SQL based data design, but still trying to figure out what all the NoSQL fuss is about.
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