If you haven't already, you should check out DZone's latest Refcard, titled "MongoDB: Flexible NoSQL for Humongous Data ." This card is a handy reference for anyone who plans on using 10gen's popular open-sourced NoSQL solution. The Refcard was authored by Kristina Chodorow, a 10gen employee who has been working with Mongo for the last 5 years and co-author of O'Reilly's MongoDB: The Definitive Guide. Kristina was kind enough to answer a few questions about the Refcard. Enjoy.
DZone: Tell us about your expertise with MongoDB - what's your professional background?
Kristina Chodorow: I've been working on MongoDB for the last 5 years. I've worked on the client libraries, the MongoDB kernel, and done lots of user support and consulting. I've also written a couple of books on MongoDB for O'Reilly.
DZone: What are some interesting projects you're working on now or will be working on in the future?
Kristina Chodorow: I'm currently working on MongoDB's query optimizer. We're reworking a lot of the query internals to be able to choose indexes more intelligently and use more indexes per query. I'm also working on the second edition to MongoDB: The Definitive Guide.
DZone: MongoDB has grown to become a popular NoSQL solution - what do you think sets it apart?
Kristina Chodorow: I think a lot of MongoDB's success is because it's easy-to-use. There's a lot of talk about scaling, speed, and features that get people to try it, but I think most people stick with it because they realize they can get their work done much faster and easier with it.
DZone: Please give readers a quick descriptions of what they will get from this Refcard.
Kristina Chodorow: This card contains a list of the most commonly used tidbits developers need to know when using MongoDB: query, update, and aggregation operators and a variety of options and setup tips.
DZone: What are some interesting tech reads that you want to suggest to DZone readers?
Kristina Chodorow: How to Spot a Psychopath (http://www.howtospotapsychopath.com) has great, crazy experiments about everything from electronics to explosives. Server Density (http://blog.serverdensity.com) has super-useful posts on deploying MongoDB and server admin in general. My coworker Jesse Jiryu Davis has an awesome blog (http://emptysquare.net) that covers Zen and hardcore Python development.