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Top MongoDB Tools to develop your IT career

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If you have reached a point of stagnation in your ordinary IT career, you might consider expanding your horizons. You may do this by signing up for diverse certification courses.

However, which direction will suit your interests best? You will have to figure it out by perusing all the advertisements about various training programs. Of course, if you have a fascination for engaging with data, the best choice would be to opt for MongoDB certification training. It is perfect for anyone seeking to begin a lucrative career in the arena of MongoDB and NoSQL databases.

Whichever training institute you enroll in, well-qualified professionals will teach you how to install, update, and maintain the MongoDB environment. They will also share their knowledge about other aspects of MongoDB. 

The MongoDB Certification Program

You may expect to receive complete knowledge about interesting concepts when you sign up for the certification course! Some of them include everyone’s favorite NoSQL database, data replication with MongoDB, the configuration of MongoDB, and so much more.

Eligibility

You will have to be active in a role that proves suitable for attending this program. For instance, you should be a professional involved with databases, research, or analytics. Similarly, you are a perfect candidate for the course if you are a software/IT developer, a system administrator, a project manager, or a tester. Finally, you might be a software architect, a database architect, or a database administrator.

Prerequisites

You must come forearmed with some previous knowledge if you desire to grasp everything that you hear. One prerequisite is possessing knowledge about a programming language. It could be any language. Similarly, you must also have acquaintance with any database. Knowledge about SQL and a query language for databases are equally essential. Having some background in Linux or Unix-based systems should prove to be an additional bonus. 

If all this proves too complicated, you might take the easy way out. Gain certification in Big Data Hadoop Administration or Big Data Hadoop Development.

Examination and Certification

As you will be managing the designated curriculum on your own, you may feel nervous about appearing for the final examination at the end of the course. Therefore, make it easy for yourself by registering for a practice test. It is a mock exam, allowing you to test your strengths and weaknesses. As the name suggests, it mimics the real test concerning the format and the time limit. 

The genuine examination will comprise 60 questions, all in the multiple-choice pattern. You will have an hour-and-a-half to provide the answers to these questions. Note that you will gain the label of ‘passed’ only if you score well. The scoring percentage is high. If you fail to get through, you may reattempt the test, albeit after some time.

Best MongoDB Tools

There is no denying that you will gain plenty of theoretical and practical knowledge while studying for certification. However, it might prove worthwhile to have some information about the top MongoDB GUI (graphic user interface) tools as well!

MongoBooster

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If you are a Windows user, this should prove to be the most remarkable tool. You will love the idea of acquiring an experience with IntelliSense. Its suggestions will spring up on their own, as you continue to type. Another feature is the built-in language service. The service astounds you  with its complete knowledge of properties, keywords, variables, methods, and every kind of possible completion! It will even display a whole host of names, including those of operators, people working in the field, etc. Best of all, the GUI is compatible with all MongoDB versions, ranging from v2.2 to v3.2. It is shell-centric and cross-platform in nature. Considering that there is an active support community in place for this tool, you may receive all the updates and advice you want.

RoboMongo

Mac users will love using this tool, for it embeds the original MongoDB shell. Therefore, the perfect environment and engine are on display. As multiple hells are present, you may expect many results too. Then again, JavaScript VM proves useful for analyzing/executing commands. The tool’s manager is comfortable on a native platform and a cross-platform. It is the first GUI tool offering automatic completion. Best of all, the device hardly utilizes machine resources.

MongoVUE

It is great for Windows users! You may tap into several connections simultaneously on different MongoDB servers. A lone screen suffices to display users, databases, indexes, and collections. Additionally, they show up in a hierarchy. As the GUI is interactive, you should find it extremely easy to add groups and databases. Even building indexes is a child’s play! Then again, when you type, there is the illumination of the syntax. Above all, you may export whatever documents/data you want in various formats. These formats include MS Excel, JSON, and CSV.

RockMongo

You may utilize this HTML-based tool only if you have PHP available on your server. Regardless, the software is straightforward to install and use. It is because the GUI is browser-based in function. The tool offers splendid support for several plug-ins.

MongoHub

Mac users should enjoy using a tool that permits adding or reducing collections, connections, and collections. The device offers excellent support for accessing SSH. Finally, you may either export or import data if it is in the CSV or JSON format.

UMongo

You may find it highly useful for browsing. It offers several operations related to documents, indices, and DB. It also allows the import and export of data in different formats. There is a GUI document builder handy. It helps that the user interface remains the same on all operating systems. Above all, it proves to be a splendid tool for connecting to a single server, a MongoDB cluster, or a replica set.

These are not the only MongoDB tools available. There are several more. However, they top the charts where popularity is concerned! Therefore, pick the most suitable for your purpose.


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Facebook & Red Cross Launch #AfricaTogether against Covid-19

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Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether – a digital campaign and two-day festival on June 4th and 5th featuring artists from across Africa to encourage continued vigilance against Covid-19.

With more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases confirmed on the continent and containment measures easing in many countries, #AfricaTogether combines musical and comedy performances with information from Covid-19 first responders and fact-checkers from across Africa.

#AfricaTogether will include a festival with performances by artists such as Aramide, Ayo, Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Youssou N’Dour amongst many others, as well as a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross and Red Crescent health experts and targeting simultaneously Facebook users in 48 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The event will be streamed on Facebook Live on the 4th June in English and hosted by the Nigerian popular actor and comedian Basketmouth and in French on the 5th June by the renowned media personality Claudy Siar. To watch the live shows, viewers can tune in to the Facebook Africa page and Red Cross and Red Crescent Facebook pages. To register and learn more about the artist lineup and how to tune in, please visit the Facebook event pages in English and in French.

Commenting, Mamadou Sow, a long-serving member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said, “The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis in that it can affect us all, and ignores borders, ethnicities, and religions. African communities so far have responded quickly, but the risk remains very real. If we all do our part, we will beat Covid-19. Music is a powerful uniting force and we hope that the #AfricaTogether festival will bring renewed hope and action against this dangerous disease.”

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Adding her voice to the initiative, Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy, Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa said: “The spike in the use of online tools during the Covid-19 pandemic shows the social usefulness of digital platforms in difficult times. We are seeing many incredible initiatives from artists bringing their communities together on Facebook Live. The #AfricaTogether campaign will enable people to learn more about fighting Covid-19, while enjoying entertainment from their favourite African performers. We will be spreading joy in a way that doesn’t spread the disease.”

This event is one of the many ways that Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are both contributing in the fight against Covid-19 across the continent.

Facebook continues to work with governments across Sub-Saharan Africa, including partnering with organizations like health agencies and NGOs who are actively using its platforms to share accurate information about the situation and launching Covid-19 Information Centers in more than 40 countries, which provides real-time updates from health authorities and helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of the virus.

With a network of more than 1.5 million volunteers and staff across the continent, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is on the frontlines of combating Covid-19 in communities through information campaigns, providing soap and access to clean water, and supporting health care facilities and workers with training, equipment, and supplies. In parts of Africa, Covid-19 is another layer of crisis on top of conflict, violence, or climate disasters.


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Droppa expands its express delivery service to more towns

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Droppa, an online delivery platform has expanded its recently launched Droppa Express beyond a 25 kilometre radius.

Droppa Express is now able to courier lightweight goods under 25 kilograms nationally from Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Through Droppa Express, customers can have their lightweight goods delivered within 25 kilometres in just 24 hours, while long-distance deliveries are made within 72 hours.

Droppa CEO, Khathu Mufamadi, says: “We have identified a growing need for express courier services at a time where there is the rapid imposition of social distancing and the restriction of movement amid the COVID 19 pandemic. This means that express delivery services have a critical role to play. We aim to ensure that South Africans can access this service at affordable rates.”

Delivery bookings can be made via the company website: droppa.co.za or the Droppa app, which is available as a free download on Android and IOS platforms.

Droppa Express was launched to cater for the delivery of goods such as food, parcels, books, stationery, and other smaller items under 25 kg via its droppa.co.za or app in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Droppa moves into essential services

Earlier Droppa shifted its model in response to the new Covid-19 lockdown imposed by the government. The company’s original operating model allows patrons and businesses to request a truck/ bakkie for all furniture removals and logistics, also operates in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

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The on-demand e-hailing platform also offers its services to businesses rendering essential services such as retail stores, warehouses, fresh produce farms, medical suppliers and will be made available to members of the public who require essential goods delivered to them.

Just like Uber, the firm does not own trucks but instead has driver-partners that have registered their vehicles, thus empowering and providing employment opportunities for many South Africans. ‘’The Covid 19 pandemic poses an unprecedented threat to businesses worldwide. Companies must react in different ways to ensure business continuity, improve the resilience of their supply chain, or pivot to innovate ways to generate revenue” concludes Mufamadi.

In December, the firm announced it had raised funds from IDF Capital through the IMIN Accelerator to expand to Port Elizabeth and Durban, and other cities in South Africa.

The firm said it would also use the funds to expand its team, technology and build a robust retail management system for its retail customers.


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Ukheshe launches track & trace to assist with Covid-19 infection alerts

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Ukheshe, a SMME focused digital banking platform, has launched a Track and Trace service using its existing payment ecosystem to assist consumers to manage any possible risk factors in level three lockdown.

Ukeshe’s CEO and co-founder, Clayton Hayward says that Covid-19 is a concern for all citizens and in addition to making the platform free for grant disbursements, Ukheshe wanted to assist in other ways: “We created a track and trace solution to assist consumers to keep updated on infection rates and if they have been compromised.”

As a registered user, by simply checking-in, using the Ukheshe app or via Whatsapp at any business displaying the company’s Masterpass QR code, you will be updated on any Covid-19 infections. For new users without a smartphone, Ukheshe can be accessed by using a USSD code.

“If any infections are reported, the track and trace solution will enable the relevant venue to immediately contact anyone that has visited the location: “Our payment platform is a perfect solution to keep consumers updated and to help fight to flatten the curve,” says Hayward.

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The Ukheshe App is free, user friendly and easy to download for anyone needing to transact without a bank account.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=guru.jini.ukheshe&hl=en_ZA

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ukheshe/id1350353337

For more formation visit www.ukheshe.co.za


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