- 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
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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 http://kylebanker.com/blog.
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It touches everything but in a concise fashion.
Its simple to read and understand, maybe because Mongo is simple or maybe because the book is simple.
It was a fast read that gave me all the knowledge I need.
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.
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. The data model is sufficiently rich to facilitate deep-enough discussion of issues and concerns that could arise -- and how to handle them -- when building e-commerce, social media, and/or analytic applications around that data model. The three chapters comprising Part 2 provide a comprehensive introduction to MongoDB's CRUD (Create Read Update Delete) capabilities, and share many document design patterns that application developers can use in their own works.
Part 3 covers practices, tools, and utilities that administrators can use for securing, monitoring, and improving the availability and scalability of their MongoDB systems, as well as tips for developers on how to make their applications performant. The four chapters comprising Part 3 go into deep enough technical detail on how certain parts of MongoDB works under the hood to give both administrators and developers the necessary knowledge to help them make their MongoDB systems secure, available, and performant.
Overall, I thought the book is very well written and organized, and has very good breadth and depth. While there were a few minor editing slip-ups, they did not prove distracting to me. Part 1 failed to mention a few things that could have proved handy to novice developers, such as how to safely shut down a MongoDB Server -- would doing a Control - C be OK? The answer is YES, and this is actually mentioned later in the book. Another thing that might have made the book even more useful is providing more MAP-REDUCE code examples for data aggregation purposes. Currently, MongoDB does not provide many data aggregation functions available to relational database users, and while there is a plan to make such functions available in later releases, MongoDB users currently have to write custom code in the form of MAP-REDUCE functions themselves in many cases. The MAP-REDUCE discussion in the book is rather short, and the 2 code examples are probably inadequate for many developers who have such needs.
- 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.