Operating since 2007, MongoDB is the preeminent developer data platform. It has tens of thousands of customers in over 100 countries, and its database platform has been downloaded hundreds of millions of times.
MongoDB understands the power of hands-on activities. “There’s no better experience than rolling up your sleeves and getting your proverbial hands dirty and immersed with code and a platform! And if we make that experience entertaining whilst doing so, then we’ve a much better opportunity for that experience to stick in the minds of developers.” says Shane McAllister, Lead Developer Advocate (Global) at MongoDB.
To further that goal, MongoDB used to rely on events. “Primarily in-person, we ran Developer Days, Hackathons and Workshops, and we could see first hand, the direct impact of our hands-on activities,” says McAllister. “However, given the obvious constraints when trying to scale in-person activities globally, we looked to try to build our own online solutions to address this, but, outside of MongoDB University, nothing seemed to stick, or it required constant upkeep and maintenance and wasn’t scalable.”
Wilco’s hands-on developer training platform lets MongoDB conduct hands-on activities at scale over the internet.
The first quest created as part of this partnership is “Atlas, Rise”, which teaches the basics of MongoDB Atlas. In it, the user creates a new cluster, configures the connection string, and accesses the database to read data. Along the way, they explore Atlas's features and gain experience working with a cloud-based NoSQL database.
Following the introduction of "Atlas, Rise", a second quest will teach users how MongoDB integrates into Laravel and how to use the MongoDB native query API.
Having added Wilco's hands-on, lifelike scenarios to its arsenal, MongoDB can bring the effectiveness of in-person events to online communities. By letting users gain experience and learn new concepts through Wilco quests, MongoDB can achieve a greater scale of learning than ever before.