School is in session

School is in session

I’ve had a lot of travel lately and I’ve had some time to think, when you take a step back and look at technology you realise it’s always changing always developing updating and adding new features.  It got me thinking, I should also keep updating my knowledge bank. It’s all well and good to talk about technology to people daily which I do but I also needed to understand more of it in greater depth.

Last week I started my first class M101P – MongoDB 101 Python, online course for 7 weeks and given my travel lately having something online is ideal for me. I’ve chosen python as I’ve wanted to learn python for a while now so killing two birds with one stone, there is also java which I did at college and never really loved! and node.js which I don’t have any experience but perhaps the next time I’ll try that course.

As I’m running Ubuntu (currently trusty) it’s simple to get started, either via the software centre or by following the instructions in the docs.

Ubuntu Software Centre

Install MongoDB via Ubuntu Software Centre

 

If you follow the tutorial which I’m currently doing it starts off with what is MongoDB? Some easy definitions but you do feel you are learning things as after each short video from Andrew ( the teacher) you have a short quiz. Makes the learning a bit more fun and also not as boring.

What is in store for M101P

What is in store for M101P

 

After following through the sections it’s easy to plan out the 2 hours I need to do the class, and then 2 hours I need for homework, I’m not doing it for the cert which you can get, I just want to expand my knowledge. So many applications like Ubuntu use MongoDB, if you’re using JuJu you can use the MongoDB Charm.  I love the way our tools overlap with one another but that means I need to understand more. Hopefully this class will help me with this and it should be a fun few weeks taking part. It’s free online course which could be useful and it’s always good to learn about new open source projects out there,

March Madness comes to a city near you

March Madness comes to a city near you

Before Christmas, I  announced that MongoDB was planning to celebrate its own version of “March Madness” called MongoDB March Madness, an event featuring 27 of our European MongoDB User Groups.  This is the second annual March MUG Madness, and we’re thrilled that the number of requests to take part has only continued to grow.

March Madness is an annual Division 1 college basketball tournament in the U.S. which leads up to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Finals. MongoDB March Madness does not have much to do with the basketball game, however, since the event is happening in March, the name fits quite well!

March Madness for us is where we are going to send a MongoDB Engineer to each of our MUGs that requested to take part in the event! It’s going to be amazing!  I wasn’t sure how many would take part in the Madness, it’s been a lot of fun to organise and even more to see the various engineers take part in the event, each bringing with them their own style and ideas to the MUGs so no two talks are alike.

It’s been great to see the MUGs tell their stories, show their previous events and want to take part in the madness. I hope this trend continues and even more take part next year!  If you don’t know about MongoDB or want to learn more it’s a great opportunity to attend and meet some of our engineers.

  1. Amsterdam

  2. Barcelona

  3. Berlin

  4. Cambridge

  5. Casablanca

  6. Copenhagen

  7. Dnipropetrovsk

  8. Dublin

  9. Dusseldorf

  10. Edinburgh

  11. Geneva

  12. Gent

  13. Hamburg

  14. Krakow

  15. Lisbon

  16. London

  17. Madrid

  18. Moscow

  19. Milan

  20. Munich

  21. Oporto

  22. Paris

  23. Rome

  24. Sevilla

  25. Stockholm

  26. Tel Aviv

  27. Vienna

  28. Prague

MongoDB MUG March Madness

MongoDB MUG March Madness

A fun tongue twister to say, MongoDB MUG March Madness!

Last February, the MUG organisers around the world wanted to compete in a Global MongoDB User Group (MUG) Hackathon. The global challenge event was aptly named MongoDB March Madness. If you’re like me and had never heard of March Madness let me explain:

March Madness is an annual Division 1 college basketball tournament in the U.S. which leads up to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Finals. MongoDB March Madness does not have much to do with the basketball game, however, since the event is happening in March, the name fits quite well!

Seven local user groups got together and hacked away together and built tools to support the growing MongoDB community.  This was capped off by having their final products judged by MongoDB Engineers.

This year we’re doing it again and we have even more MUGS to take part, we’re happy to say we’ve 120 MUGs globally. We want the MUGs to join us in our celebration of the second annual March Madness. With that in mind and it being the 2nd year to do this we thought we’d do something a little different but still have fun and madness in the process.

We are going to send a MongoDB engineer to speak at your MUGs in March!

In order to get a MongoDB engineer at your MUG please fill out the following form by November 28. After your submission, we will be in touch to set up the user group meeting and to discuss additional details. It’s going to be epic and I cannot wait to see all the photos in March of the MUGs taking place