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New MongoDB Certifications for Developers and DBAs

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

MongoDB is introducing a certification program for developers and database administrators to prove their chops at building applications based on this increasingly popular NoSQL environment. With an Associate certification to debut on December 3, 2013, and Professional and Master certs to follow in 2014 (and $150 exams delivered online), the program is sure to attract some interest.

Last month New York City based MongoDB announced that it was rolling out a certification program aimed at database developers and administrators. According to the company's press release, MongoDB is "the most popular NoSQL database and now accounts for 49 percent of all mentions of NoSQL technologies." But to understand what's happening with this certification program, a bit of background may be in order, even for seasoned database professionals.

The term NoSQL was introduced in 1998 by developer Carlo Strozzi to identify his lightweight, open-source relational database that did not expose a standard SQL interface for queries and other database interactions, as the vast majority of DBMSs have routinely done since the 1970s. Others at Rackspace reintroduced NoSQL terminology in a discussion of open-source distributed databases that took place in 2009. Since then, this label has come to represent a whole new generation of non-relational, distributed data stores that eschew the primary qualities of relational databases such as consistency, atomicity, isolation, and durability. Why does this matter? Because these kinds of databases turn out to be unusually well suited for handling the enormous collection of more-or-less structured and unstructured data that winds up being analyzed for "big data" projects and processes.

In the world of NoSQL, MongoDB is classified by some as a document oriented NoSQL database (in terms of its data model), which makes it particularly adept at accommodating and interrogating much of the loosely-structured data that finds its way into today's big data projects. (See this Wikipedia article for a nice discussion and taxonomy, and a good pointer to other NoSQL resources).

The highly fragmented nature of the NoSQL database and MongoDB's recurring mentions, seem to indicate that a growing number of organizations are finding MongoDB expertise interesting and perhaps even increasingly valuable. (Notice their press release doesn't talk about adoption or use, it talks about "mentions," a term reflective of the very kinds of analysis at which MongoDB excels, and is based on mentions from LinkedIn member profiles, in fact.)

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Hence, a certification program to enable developers and administrators to demonstrate their MongoDB chops.

The first MongoDB cert hits the streets on December 3rd and will be labeled Associate MongoDB Certified Developer; Professional MongoDB Certified Developer and Master MongoDB Certified Developer certs to follow in 2014. No word yet on administrator credentials, though these must be in the offing, or MongoDB wouldn't have mentioned DBAs in its press release.

The program will be based on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with automated scoring on problems posed to students that run inside a MongoDB web shell where they "...can test Mongo Query Language (MQL) against cloud-based MongoDB servers, without requiring students to download MongDB on their personal computers."

And certainly, the company isn't shy about eating its own dogfood, either. Check the company's Online Education page for more information, and a variety of courses (if they don't add a "Certification" page after December 3 and the launch of the Associate cert, this is probably where you’ll find information about that and other upcoming certs as well).