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MongoDB for Java Developers course

 
zach zhang
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https://university.mongodb.com/courses/10gen/M101J/2014_October/about

I saw someone already mentioned the course. I think the course for java and for developer(python) should have the same content and the only different is the language.

The website says it will take about 5 hours per week. What is the real time cost?

Any I check the blog and find the passing rate is not high at all, it is only about 20%. Is it very difficult?



 
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I took the Python version when it first came out. See my review. I spent more than 5 hours was week because I wanted to play with it extra. And because my Python knowledge wasn't so great at the time.

Most MOOC classes have low pass rates because they are free. People check them out and decide not to continue or life gets in the way. Don't let that worry you. The material is understandable. Also, the objective should be learning. Your score doesn't matter for anything.
 
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I've done the Java and Python courses, and I'd say the content is probably 70% the same in both courses i.e. most of the content is about MongoDB itself, rather than specifically using Python/Java. This is a good thing IMO, as you learn a lot about how MongoDB works, how it stores documents, how to use the mongo shell, including the powerful aggregation framework, and some interesting stuff on sharding, replication etc. Each week there are some online quiz questions to answer, usually based around the shell, plus there is a practical exercise which involves a bit of Python/Java coding. You are given a skeleton for a simple blog web application, and each week you have to complete some new functionality e.g. querying records, inserting data etc. They tell you how to install and set up these applications on your home machine, but they assume you know some Python or Java, although you certainly don't need to be an expert. On the Java course, they use the IntelliJ IDE, so it's probably a good idea to download and install this so you can follow their examples more easily.

As for the hours, I found around 4 hours a week was plenty, although as Jeanne says, you may want to take more time to explore MongoDB a bit on your own. I really enjoyed the course, and although it's not especially hard (unlike some other MOOCs), I certainly learned a lot about MongoDB. I recommend it as a quick and enjoyable way to get started with MongoDB.
 
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