We’re happy to announce that MongoDB Beijing will be held on March 23, 2013, at the Park Plaza Beijing Science Park Hotel in the Haidian District.
What is MongoDB Beijing?
MongoDB Beijing is a full day user conference dedicated to the open-source document database MongoDB. At MongoDB Beijing, you will be able to connect with and hear from both MongoDB developers and 10gen engineers. There will be a wide variety of sessions for developers and administrators at all levels of expertise, and you will walk away with immediately applicable skills. Click here for more information.... Read More >
We recently spoke with Brian Carpio of Pearson about OpenClass, a new project from Pearson with deep Google integration.
What is OpenClass?
OpenClass is a dynamic, scalable, fully cloud-based learning environment that goes beyond the LMS. OpenClass stimulates social learning and the exchange of content, coursework, and ideas Ã¢â‚¬â€ù all from one integrated platform. OpenClass has all the LMS functionality needed to manage courses, but that's just the beginning.
Why did you decide to adopt MongoDB for OpenClass?
OpenClass leverages MongoDB as one of its primary databases because it offers serious scalability and improved productivity... Read More >
Gwen Shapira nails one of the best aspects of NoSQL, generally, and MongoDB, particularly, in her “Love Your MongoDB” post. Namely, the freedom a dynamic schema offers developers. She writes:
MongoDB supports the most important paradigm of the post-relational-database era: Grab data first, structure it later. As much as DBAs don't want to hear about it - the requirement to define a data model and schema before you start collecting data creates serious friction on the starting phases of development.
Yes, Big Data is a big deal. No, it’s not the be-all, end-all. And it’s certainly not going to replace real people anytime soon.
Two articles serve to remind us of this.
The first is David Brooks’ excellent New York Times op-ed piece, entitled “What Data Can’t Do.” As cool as it is that the City of Chicago uses Big Data (and MongoDB) to improve services and lower crime, Brooks notes plenty of areas where data simply can’t solve our problems.
As he notes:
Data falls down on social analysis (“Computer-driven data analysis, on
When your business is innovation, throttling creativity with rigid, upfront schema design is a recipe for frustration. It’s therefore not surprising that Post+Beam, an innovation and communications “factory,” turned to MongoDB to enable rapid development. Part startup incubator, part branding and communication agency, part development firm, Post+Beam takes ideas and turns them into products.
Post+Beam’s first MongoDB-based product is Linea, a cross-platform photo browsing application that extends from web to mobile and enables users to create and share stories through photos, focusing on the photos and the collaboration around them, not photo storage.