Thursday, September 26, 2013

MongoDB for Node.js Developers, the makers of MongoDB, run an great online course called M101JS: MongoDB for Node.js Developers.

The course is 7 weeks long. Each week will take you about 5 to 12 hours to complete and they deal with:
  1. Introduction
  2. CRUD
  3. Schema Design
  4. Performance
  5. Aggregation
  6. Application Engineering
  7. Mongoose/Final Exam
Overall I scored 90% for the course. Each concept is well presented in bite sized chunks with a good video clip of 2 to 10 minutes long and usually followed by a quiz to help solidify the concept. They build on each other from easy to difficult.

If you want to get credit for the course you have to keep up and do it as each week becomes available as the homework credits only stay active for one week. This, in my opinion is a good thing as it focuses you to dedicate time every week to getting this done.

The course has great explanations on replication and sharding, makes it seem obvious and simple.

The final exam covers everything you've done in 10 moderate to difficult questions. You'll get a great sense of accomplishment once it's complete.

MongoDB Education provide you with a database of 120,000+ emails from the Enron Corpus which makes for an entertaining set of questions (about 3 of them) that use this database to test your query and update skills.

Of the 7,599 students enrolled, 1,482 students completed the course successfully, a completion rate of 20%.