Hi, I’m Simon from the UK, and I’m so excited to be starting this new course on schema design and data modelling with MongoDB. I’ve worked in IT for nearly 20 years, most of that time as a developer working with relational databases, and if I’ve learned one thing from the previous MongoDB University courses that I’ve completed, it’s that large chunks of what I know about relational databases just don’t apply to document databases such as MongoDB.
I’m particularly looking forward to learning how to decide whether to embed all my data in documents in one collection, or whether to $lookup some of it from other collections (to normalise or not to normalise), but I’m sure I’ll also learn a bunch of other things that I haven’t even considered yet.
I’ve found these forums to be really useful in my previous courses, it’s good to know that if I hit something that I don’t understand, I can ask for help here, and there are both fellow students and MongoDB employees who can help. If you’re stuck, post a question here, and you never know, it might be something I can help with.
Oh, and I make no apology for spelling “normalise” with an S rather than a Z. Being a native of the UK, my first language is en-GB rather than en-US (in which it’s spelled “normalize”) so I may spell some words differently to how they’re spelled in the videos and course materials and other people’s contributions to the forum. Don’t get hung up on it, we’re all talking about the same thing
Welcome to M320, I look forward to giving and receiving help in this forum.
Does anyone else want to introduce themselves? Don’t be shy…