MongoDB's MongoUK conference

20 June 2010

MongoUK—a small MongoDB con­fer­ence in London—happened last Friday, and it was wonderful. I haven’t been to that many conferences, but it prob­a­bly the best tech con­fer­ence I’ve been to, at least in terms of my en­joy­ment of the talks themselves. (DPC is over three days, in Amsterdam…)

The con­fer­ence was run by 10gen (the company behind MongoDB) themselves, though it felt about as much like an in­de­pen­dent con­fer­ence as it was pos­si­ble to be under the circumstances. (I’m pretty the con­fer­ence was subsidised—10gen are just getting started, and so at this point they want to get as many people as pos­si­ble happily using MongoDB as possible, and they have the VC money to do it.)

A few points that struck me about MongoDB:

Overall, my feel­ings toward MongoDB didn’t change that much. It’s a new product, to be used with a modicum of caution, and it shouldn’t be the au­to­matic first choice. (Though perhaps there is no au­to­matic first choice when it comes to NoSQL document-oriented databases.) It is used in pro­duc­tion (many of the at­ten­dees I spoke to were using it in production), though I think many of the very large and com­pli­cated de­ploy­ments are done with a small amount of hand-holding from 10gen. I was re­as­sured by the quality of the MongoDB people, and their com­mit­ment to their product and its users. 10gen and MongoDB are ex­tremely developer-friendly in all respects—the product itself, the documentation, their people, their “marketing” (there was no hard sell), etc.