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MongoDB Holland, Michigan

Come discover a better database for your web applications taught by developers leading the charge .

MongoDB is a high-performance, document database. Often a great alternative to MySQL, many developers are finding that they can use MongoDB to develop applications more quickly using a much more intuitive data model.

In this hand-on training course, we'll introduce all the important ideas and techniques you need to start working with MongoDB. From data models to scaling, no question will go unanswered! So come join us for a couple of days of the illumination and paradigm-shifting awesomeness that is MongoDB!

Topics we'll cover include

  • Why you should store your schema with your application, not your database
  • Modeling your data with documents (and embedded documents)
  • How MongoDB makes it easier to go from idea to implementation
  • Configuring and installing MongoDB
  • BSON (MongoDB's binary storage format)
  • Using the JavaScript shell
  • How to building smart indexes
  • The varieties of dynamic queries
  • Aggregation using map/reduce
  • Atomic updates with modifiers like $set, $inc, $push, and $pull
  • Administration, including replication, sharding, repairing, and upgrading
  • Storing large files using GridFS
  • Building real applications using MongoDB. Real-world considerations, case studies, and use cases.



CityFlats Hotel

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The MongoDB training will be held at the CityFlats Hotel located in Holland, Michigan.

Recently certified LEED Gold, CityFlats is a beautiful and comfortable venue for the week.

CityFlats is offering a great rate of $109/night, discounted from $189, for the training. Contact us for details.

There are several other options nearby

Holland, Michigan

A picturesque city on the shore of Lake Michigan, Holland is a beautiful and welcoming place to learn, play and relax.

You'll truly feel like you're on vacation.

How to get here

  • Air

    We're a short ride from Grand Rapids International Airport (GRR). We provide a free shuttle.

  • Road

    Less than 3 hours driving from Chicago or Detroit. Free parking on-site.

  • Rail

    Amtrak trains leave daily from Chicago and arrive 2 blocks from the hotel.

  • Water

    Ferries run from Milwaukee, WI to nearby Muskegon, MI. If you're bringing a yacht, we can help arrange docking.



Training will run from 9am–4pm each day. From 4–5pm, you can ask one-on-one questions, get feedback on personal projects, or head out on the town. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.


You'll have chances to explore the nearby beaches, restaurants, shopping, or the next-door microbrewery.

Things to bring and take home

A Laptop. Any OS will do. We use Macs, but are friendly towards Windows, Linux, or whatever else you may have. We'll help you get set up before you come.

The first day, we'll give you a book of everything we'll cover in the training. You'll also get access to all the source code we use in examples.

Friends & Family

We warmly welcome you to bring your family or significant other (we've even had roommates and pets). They're welcome to join us at our evening events, and there is lots to do within walking distance during the day. We're glad to give suggestions. So whether you stick with the group or go off on your own, you'll enjoy your stay.


May weather in Michigan, while usually beautiful, can go either way, so bring shorts and a jacket. Averages range from 69°F down to 46°F at night.