Announcing the MongoDB Certified Professional of the Year 2019: Rolando Martinez
2019's MongoDB Certified Professional of the Year is Rolando Martinez, a Staff Data Engineer at Vrbo, formerly HomeAway, working out of Austin, Texas. He was just one of the entries we received after we put out the call to find this year's Certified Professional of the Year with a free trip to MongoDB World up for grabs. We sat down with Rolando to talk about how he came to be a certified MongoDB Professional and how that's affected his career.
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Meet Guillermo Ulises Lo Coco - MongoDB University’s 1 Millionth Registrant
MongoDB University passed over 1 million registrants. Meet our 1 Millionth registrant Guillermo Ulises Lo Coco from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain who signed up for the MongoDB University courses M001: MongoDB Basics and M040: New Features and Tools in MongoDB 4.0.
Amy Berman: Let's start by getting into your tech background. When did you first become interested in tech, and why did you decide to pursue the field?
Guillermo Ulises Lo Coco: I’ve been programming since I had a Commodore in 1990 but started to program seriously in 2002. Having taken 4-5 years off programming, I came back to realize the developer world had changed. At this time, I felt compelled to advance my skills, and I signed up for MongoDB University M001.
AB: That’s a good transition into my next question. Where do you currently work? What is your role, and what do you like about it?
GU: I work at Club Deportivo Tenerife, a Spanish league soccer team, and I am in charge of redesigning old intranet database applications to improve public web areas. I focus on future-proofing my apps and spend a lot of time trying to make the “right choice” to save time in the future.
AB: How did you first discover MongoDB? What projects have you used or are you in the process of using with MongoDB?
GU: Programming in different languages was always difficult for me; it’s not easy to switch. In 2016, I discovered NodeJs and started to invest time researching and learning how to switch to JS backend and I found many examples and posts with Node and JSON databases. I tried different technologies and found MongoDB the most complete.
AB: Why MongoDB?
GU: I tried different technologies and MongoDB was the easiest to design, prototype, and deploy.
- Extremely easy to learn
- Fast like no other
- Excellent documentation
- Well supported in Linux
- Amazing cloud service and desktop app
AB: What did you do in the past year with MongoDB?
GU: Last year, I developed new apps for annual subscription renewal and an appointment management for the Tenerife Soccer team - https://2018.cdtoficial.es.
After learning geospatial indexing in the MongoDB University course, I wrote a Telegram Bot to show how easy it is to implement the geospatial indexing feature. You can interact with the bot via Telegram.
@GasolinaBarataBot Telegram Bot takes a table from Spanish Open Data Portal every 12hs, converts that approximately 10.000 stations data in a JSON object, and saves a copy to Atlas Cloud. You can send any map position inside Spain to the bot, and it will search for the best gas station in Spain according to the selected fuel type.
AB: What advice or encouragement do you have for those considering enrolling in a MongoDB University course to learn to use MongoDB?
GU: Think in real-life database problems, how the data will grow, and how you will use that data. The real-life case studies used in MongoDB University courses give you the ability to really think about how your database will be used, and how it will scale.
"MongoDB University courses provided me with the opportunity to update my database skills and allowed me to quickly and easily build applications. I especially enjoy the many features and benefits of using MongoDB Atlas and Compass."
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Share your story to become the next MongoDB Certified Professional of the Year
Has becoming MongoDB Certified affected your life in any way, big or small?
Whether being MongoDB Certified has helped transform your career, connect with your community, or just see the world a little differently, we want to hear your story! MongoDB and the open source community want to learn from your success.
Since 2013, MongoDB has recognized a current MongoDB Certified Professional who demonstrates ingenuity, hard work, and expertise as the MongoDB Certified Professional of the Year. Tell us why you should be the next MongoDB Certified Professional of 2018 by answering a few questions here.
We'll choose a winner with the most interesting and compelling certification story. The winner will receive a free trip to the MongoDB Europe 2018 conference in London, including flight, conference pass, and hotel accommodation.
Submissions are open through October 4, 2018. Submit your entry today.
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