What a madhouse! The 2011 MongoSV conference was a blast, it didn’t hurt there were over 1000 attendees. I really enjoyed some excellent talks, and good discussions with colleges and 10gen employees. Plus, the opportunities in the evenings for a couple cold beverages were fantastic.
I have a couple take-aways from this years conference:
- The new aggregation features of MongoDB are going to be great, I am excited to start playing with them.
- 10gen is listening to us about the locking behavior of MongoDB, and the roadmap is promising.
- Lots of people use AWS for MongoDB. More than I would have thought considering EBS is horrid. Most everyone thought AWS and EBS was painful, but the pain was outweighed by the perceived benefits.
- Everyone agrees schema design is key. The money quote from the conference was:
Some people are using MongoDB for what I would call, non-optimal use cases. I think one has to be careful to really think hard about when to use MongoDB and when not to. It’s an exciting product, but not a cure-all. I listened to more than one talk where folks will have a hard time continuing to use MongoDB.
There is still a lot to be learned about how to operate MongoDB in a production environment. Hrm, seems like a good subject for future talks.
Someone needs to do a talk on locking internals so folks can really understand that locks in MongoDB are not the same locks as in most RDBMS’s.
The SJC airport is awesome. I had to fly out Friday night to LA, and it was seamless. Sorry I missed the after-party.
Here is the video from my session:
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