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Learning Mongoid

By : Gautam Rege
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Learning Mongoid

By: Gautam Rege

Overview of this book

Mongoid helps you to leverage the power of schema-less and efficient document-based design, dynamic queries, and atomic modifier operations. Mongoid eases the work of Ruby developers while they are working on complex frameworks. Starting with why and how you should use Mongoid, this book covers the various components of Mongoid. It then delves deeper into the detail of queries and relations, and you will learn some tips and tricks on improving performance. With this book, you will be able to build robust and large-scale web applications with Mongoid and Rails. Starting with the basics, this book introduces you to components such as moped and origin, and how information is managed, learn about the various datatypes, embedded documents, arrays, and hashes. You will learn how a document is stored and manipulated with callbacks, validations, and even atomic updates. This book will then show you the querying mechanism in detail, right from simple to complex queries, and even explains eager loading, lazy evaluation, and chaining of queries. Finally, this book will explain the importance of performance tuning and how to use the right indexes. It also explains MapReduce and the Aggregation Framework.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Learning Mongoid
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 1. What's so Awesome about Mongoid?

The name MongoDB is derived from humongous. We use DataMappers to work with MongoDB. In Ruby, the most popular MongoDB mapper is Mongoid, pronounced mann-gyod. But is this the only mapper available? There also exists MongoMapper, MongoODM, and in the realm of open source there could well be many more!

So, what is so awesome about Mongoid? In a nutshell, its ability to gel with the Rails framework makes it very popular. For me, it is this adaptability to refactor and improve that makes Mongoid a very close ally of Rails.

In this chapter, we shall get a taste of the power of Mongoid. We shall see:

  • How Mongoid adheres to Rails ActiveModel and ActiveRelation syntax

  • Differences between Mongoid Version 2.x and 3.x

  • A brief introduction to Moped and Origin

  • Some differences between MongoMapper and Mongoid and their usage