MongoDB $weeklyUpdate #9: Hacktoberfest was a success!

:wave: Hi everyone!

Welcome to MongoDB $weeklyUpdate, a weekly digest of MongoDB tutorials, articles, and community spotlights!

Each week, we’ll be sharing the latest and greatest MongoDB content and featuring our favorite community content too, curated by Adrienne Tacke at MongoDB!


:sparkler: Hacktoberfest + MongoDB :sparkler:

Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source software first created by DigitalOcean in 2013. Check out last week’s $weeklyUpdate to see all the details and find out how you can participate!

:bar_chart: We have a Hacktoberfest dashboard (made with MongoDB Charts, of course)!

Check it out in full-screen glory: MongoDB Hacktoberfest Dashboard

Don’t forget to pick up your badges if you’ve contributed to the Wild Aid app for Hacktoberfest!

THANK YOU to all of our contributors:


There’s still a little bit of time left! Check out the Wild Aid Project to contribute!

:bulb: ICYMI on the DevHub

Want to find the latest MongoDB tutorials and articles created for developers, by developers? Look no further than our DevHub!

How To Use The MongoDB Visual Studio Code Plugin
Learn how to connect to MongoDB from VS Code! Navigate your databases, use playgrounds to prototype queries and aggregations, and more with this awesome tutorial from Joe Karlsson!


An Introduction to IoT (Internet of Toilets)
Like :cat: and IoT? Then Joe Karlsson has the perfect tutorial for you! Check out his latest post on how to create the IoT Kitty Litter Box!


Database Automation Series - Automated Indexes
Mike Lynn chats with with Rez Khan to learn about some of the ways MongoDB Atlas automates the various tasks associated with deploying, scaling, and ensuring efficient performance of your databases. Check it out!

:tv: Last Week on Twitch

We stream tech tutorials, live coding, and talk to members of our community every Friday. Sometimes, we even stream twice a week! Be sure to follow us on Twitch to be notified of every stream!

Where do we start?

How to Add a User Login to a NET Core App (with Auth0’s Sam Julien)

First, Adrienne Tacke welcomed Sam Julien of Auth0 to the MongoDB stream! They showed us how to add a user login to a .NET Core app in just under an hour! :popcorn: Watch now

MongoDB Community Showcase: MongoFramework with James Turner

Next, Adrienne then spoke to community member James Turner about his incredible work on MongoFramework, an open source project he created to bring more “Entity Framework features into MongoDB”. :popcorn: Watch now

The MongoDB Podcast LIVE! - Developer to Solution Architect with Tosin Ajayi

And finally, we tried something new with our podcast! Mike Lynn and Nic Raboy did their first LIVE podcast stream with guest Tosin Ajay on Twitch. It was a great session covering Tosin’s journey from developer to solution architect, and many of chat’s questions answered! :popcorn: Watch now

:popcorn: Follow us on Twitch so you never miss a stream!

:video_game: GameDev with MongoDB and Unity

Episode 7 is on Oct 28, 10:30am PT. Join us in the chat and help us build this game!

While you wait for Wednesday, catch up on past streams:

Episode 6: Obstacles and Door Physics

Episode 5: Level Design and Player Animation in Unity

Episode 4: Getting Familiar with Unity

:bulb: And if you ever need to catch up on any of our streams, you can always find them on our Developer Hub or our Twitch Live Streams playlist!

:studio_microphone: Last Word on the MongoDB Podcast

Episode 23: Automating Database Management Part 1 - Indexes
Hosts Nic Raboy & Mike Lynn chat with Rez Khan, Lead Product Manager at MongoDB about database automation.

This is the first of a multi-part series on database automation and in this episode, Rez talks about the importance of indexes and index management as well as how MongoDB Atlas provides automation to ensure that your applications continue to perform efficiently.

(Not listening on Spotify? We got you! We’re most likely on your favorite podcast network, including Apple Podcasts, PlayerFM, Podtail, and Listen Notes :blush:)

:clap: Community Spotlight

Every week, we pick interesting articles, questions, and more from all over the internet! Be sure to use the #MongoDB hashtag when posting on or leave a comment on my weekly Tweets. You might be featured in an upcoming edition!

Spring Boot Mongo: “$elemMatch needs an Object”
Stuck with a similar problem? Check out Prasad_Saya’s answer to this question!


Performing destructive changes to synced Realm
Check out this great thread describing the best practices for performing a destructive change to a synced realm!


MongoDB authentication failed for Replica Set
Running into this issue? Check out our suggested fix in the thread!

:earth_africa: MongoDB DevRel around the Interwebz

Watch our team do their thang at various conferences, meetups, and podcasts around the world (virtually, for now). Also, find external articles and guest posts from our DevRel team here!

:date: Upcoming

Oct 29: Cloud Day 2020
Joe Karlsson will discuss the basics of data modeling using real world examples in his talk "MongoDB Schema Design Best Practices

Oct 29: MongoDB .live (Global Virtual Community)
Join Lauren Schaefer and Sven Peters for their workshop “How to Become a Conference Speaker”! They’ll share their tips and tricks and how to avoid pitfalls when submitting a proposal to speak at a conference.

Nov 6: Scenic City Summit
When Azure Functions aren’t enough, Durable Functions are probably the answer! Explore the six patterns with which Durable Functions can be applied and the best practices for each in Adrienne Tacke’s talk “Delightful Durable Function Patterns”!

Nov 9: Serverless Days Paris If you happen to miss Adrienne Tacke’s talk “Delightful Durable Function Patterns” at Scenic City Summit, you’ll have another chance here at Serverless Days Paris!

Nov 14: Granite State Code Camp 2020
Hear Adrienne Tacke’s talk “Say YES! to NoSQL: A Guide on When to Ditch Relational Databases” at this free event! You’ll leave with a definitive guide on NoSQL databases and be confident in deciding whether or not it is the right database solution for you!

Nov 16: NYC User Group’s 2020 Pre-Game Event
In this official 2020 North America event, developer advocates Lauren Schaefer and Joe Karlsson will present “MongoDB Schema Design Best Practices”, highlighting the basics of data modeling using real-world examples. You will learn common methodologies and vocabulary you can use when designing your database schema on your application!

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