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Introduction to MongoDB:Part 2

MongoDB Shell = Build-in MongoDB Client

MongoDB comes with a build in mongodb client called mongo. It is a JavaScript interpreter with build-in MongoDB client capabilities.

starscream-5:bin starscream$ ./mongo localhost:27017
MongoDB shell version: 2.4.4
connecting to: localhost:27017/test
Server has startup warnings:
Mon Jun 24 00:16:12.835 [initandlisten]
> db
> db.messagemodels.findOne()
    "to" : "Ata Oğuz",
    "subject" : "Furby",
    "body" : "Furby yi aldım oğluş.",
    "_id" : ObjectId("51d01bb444f791b21f000001"),
    "deliveryTime" : ISODate("2013-06-30T11:51:16.126Z"),
    "__v" : 0

db variable is set to current database. You can access collections in current database with “.” notation, as in the example above: db.messagemodels.

Creating New Documents and Saving Them

> mail = {to:"", from : "Ada Oğuz", subject : "Furby", message : "Ben de pembe Furby istiyorum!!!", deliveryTime:new Date()}
    "to" : "",
    "from" : "Ada Oğuz",
    "subject" : "Furby",
    "message" : "Ben de pembe Furby istiyorum!!!",
    "deliveryTime" : ISODate("2013-07-02T20:03:46.263Z")
> db.messagemodels.insert(mail)

Since this is a JavaScript environment we could create documents a JavaScript objects and assign them to variables as in the above example. After creating the object we could save it using insert method of collection.

Querying Existing Documents

> db.messagemodels.find({from:"Ada Oğuz"})
{ "_id" : ObjectId("51d33242cd860ef98403dc6d"), "to" : "", "from" : "Ada Oğuz", "subject" : "Furby", "message" : "Ben de pembe Furby istiyorum!!!", "deliveryTime" : ISODate("2013-07-02T20:03:46.263Z") }

You could query existing documents by using find method on the collection. You could supply a simple query also as a document/JS Object. As you can see, an _id field is automatically created and saved with our document.

> use local
switched to db local

You can switch between different databases using use command.

Updating Documents

> newMail = {to:"", from : "Ada Oğuz", subject : "Furby", message : "Ben de 1 pembe, 1 tane de mor  Furby istiyorum!!!", deliveryTime:new Date()}
    "to" : "",
    "from" : "Ada Oğuz",
    "subject" : "Furby",
    "message" : "Ben de 1 pembe, 1 tane de mor  Furby istiyorum!!!",
    "deliveryTime" : ISODate("2013-07-02T21:07:50.743Z")
> db.messagemodels.find({from:"Ada Oğuz"});
{ "_id" : ObjectId("51d3417bcd860ef98403dc6e"), "to" : "", "from" : "Ada Oğuz", "subject" : "Furby", "message" : "Ben de 1 pembe, 1 tane de mor  Furby istiyorum!!!", "deliveryTime" : ISODate("2013-07-02T21:07:50.743Z") }

To update an existing document, apply your changes to JS Object/document and give it to update function with a criteria that shows which documents should be updated.

Deleting Documents

> db.messagemodels.remove({from:"Ada Oğuz"})
> db.messagemodels.find({from:"Ada Oğuz"});

Removing documents is performed with remove method of the collection instance. As in the case of find and update you give it a criteria in the form of a document.

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Introduction to MongoDB:Part 1

Short Information on MongoDB

MongoDB is one the most popular NOSQL databases. It is a document oriented database. That means you will be inserting/deleting/updating/querying documents instead of rows. Documents allows you to represent hierarchical relationships within a single document and this naturally fits the way how we use objects in an object oriented programming language. Also you do not have to use a strict schema for your documents, you can evolve structure of your documents when you need. For example this is a document:

{'name' : 'Deniz Oguz'}

Documents are stored in collections which are analogical to tables in relational databases except each document could be different even within a collection. Using different collections for each category of documents makes it easier to develop programs. MongoDB also supports subcollections as a syntactical sugar. You can create namespaces using ‘.’ notation to group your schemas. For example:, school.students are different collections but just they share a common prefix as their collection name. Each installation of MongoDB can contain multiple databases each of which consist of collections.

Later we will dive details of documents and collections but before we proceed I would like to get MongoDB running and save and query documents from it.

Prepare Your Environment

We will prepare our development environment by downloading and installing neccesssary tools.

  • MongoDB server
  • Database frontend
  • Driver for your programming language


Download MongoDB Server. Instructions for installing MongoDB on all three platforms are available at so we do not need to repeat it here.

Database Frontend

MongoDB has its own commandline interface but since you are reading this introduction you should use one of the following GUI tools.

Mac OS X

MongoHub: It is free and could be downloaded from It even has import/export capability from MySQL.

Screenshot of MongoHub


MongoVUE: It has a free single user version and can be downloaded from

Screenshot of MongoVUE

Screenshot of MongoVUE

Linux & Platform Independt Frontend

UMongo is a java based MongoDB frontend. You can download it from

Screenshot of Umongo

Screenshot of Umongo

Eclipse Plugin

You can use MonjaDB plugin. Download it from here.

Screenshot of MonjaDB

Screenshot of MonjaDB


You can download MongoDB drivers from Since we will use Node.js and JavaScript for this tutorial I will give instructions for Mongoose. Mongoose is actually not a driver, it is object mapping library build on top of MongoDB Node.js driver. Of course you should install Node.js first. Grap the Node.js installar of your platform from and install it. After Node.js is installed install Mongoose using npm.

npm install mongoose

This command will install mongoose and its dependencies into node_modules folder in the directory you invoke the command. Parent directory of node_modules directory will be our working folder.

Development with MongoDB

Most basic example of using a database is saving something to it and reading it back. So will save a document to MongoDB and query this document back from it. Of course we have to start MongoDB server before.

Starting MongoDB Server

mongod assumes default data folder as /data/db so make sure it is exist or give a path of existing directory with –dbpath. It uses default port 27017 for connections, it will also start an admin web console on port 28017. Since this is an introductory tutorial there is nothing interesting in web console for us. It given extensive statistics on MongoDB server.

starscream-5:bin starscream$ ./mongod --dbpath ~/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.4/data/
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.309 [initandlisten] MongoDB starting : pid=532 port=27017 dbpath=/Users/starscream/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.4/data/ 64-bit host=starscream-5.local
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.310 [initandlisten]
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.310 [initandlisten] ** WARNING: soft rlimits too low. Number of files is 256, should be at least 1000
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.310 [initandlisten] db version v2.4.4
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.310 [initandlisten] git version: 4ec1fb96702c9d4c57b1e06dd34eb73a16e407d2
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.310 [initandlisten] build info: Darwin 10.8.0 Darwin Kernel Version 10.8.0: Tue Jun  7 16:32:41 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1504.15.3~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64 BOOST_LIB_VERSION=1_49
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.310 [initandlisten] allocator: system
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.310 [initandlisten] options: { dbpath: "/Users/starscream/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.4/data/" }
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.316 [initandlisten] journal dir=/Users/starscream/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.4/data/journal
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.316 [initandlisten] recover begin
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.317 [initandlisten] recover lsn: 54971
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.317 [initandlisten] recover /Users/starscream/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.4/data/journal/j._0
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.319 [initandlisten] recover skipping application of section seq:0 < lsn:54971
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.320 [initandlisten] recover create file /Users/starscream/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.4/data/test.ns 16MB
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.370 [initandlisten] recover create file /Users/starscream/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.4/data/test.0 64MB
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.546 [initandlisten] recover cleaning up
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.546 [initandlisten] removeJournalFiles
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.548 [initandlisten] recover done
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.704 [websvr] admin web console waiting for connections on port 28017
Mon Jun 24 00:13:56.704 [initandlisten] waiting for connections on port 27017

Saving Document to MongoDB

Create a file saveToMongoDB.js with your favorite text editor. We will write a most basic thing with MongoDB, save a simple document to it.

    1 var mongoose = require('mongoose');
    3 //like all nodejs libraries mongoose also works asynchronously with call back functions
    4 //result of connect function will be available to our callback function
    5 //connect takes URL of the DB and a callback. Name of DB we are connecting is test
    6 //DB does not have to be exist, it will be created automatically
    7 var connection = mongoose.connect('mongodb://localhost/test', function(err) {
    8   if (err) {
    9     throw err;
   10   }
   11   console.log('Connected to MongoDB');
   13   //Define a schema for your document
   14   var messageSchema = new mongoose.Schema({
   15     from : String,
   16     to: String,
   17     subject : String,
   18     body : String,
   19     deliveryTime : { type: Date, default: }
   20   });
   22   //create Model class for your model
   23   var MessageModel = mongoose.model('MessageModel', messageSchema);
   25   //create an instance of your actual model/document
   26   var message = new MessageModel({
   27     from : 'Deniz Oğuz',
   28     to : 'Ata Oğuz',
   29     subject : 'Furby',
   30     body : 'Furby yi aldım oğluş.',
   31     deliveryTime : new Date()
   32   });
   34   //save your document/model to MongoDB
   35   //again we have supply call back function to process result
   36, msg) {
   37     if (err) {
   38       throw err;
   39     }
   40     console.log("Saved:" + msg._id);//every document has '_id' field generated by mongodb
   41   });
   42 });
Screenshot of our newly saved document

Screenshot of our newly saved document

Query Documents from MongoDB

Now create a new file queryMongoDB.js. We will query MongoDB and find all documents matching our query and print subject of each document. It is very similar to above so I am not repeating the common parts, everything up to will be the same. Replace call to save method with the following code block.

    1   console.log('querying...');
    2   MessageModel.find({}, function(err, messages) {
    3     if (err) {
    4       throw err;
    5     }
    6     for (i = 0; i < messages.length; i++) 
    7       console.log('message:' + messages[i].subject);
    8   });
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JIRA:Automatically Linking Issues with a Script During Create Transition

We want to follow which issues found in which test and review sessions. In order to do this we have defined 2 new issue types called “Review Task”  and “Test Task”. We have also defined a new relation called “found in”.  As a  improvement we also do not want to manually link issues found during a test or review to its parent task. To make the process a little bit strait forward we have added a new custom field called “Parent Task ID” to our bug issue type. While creating a bug we just enter the parent task id to this field and a workflow post function automatically links two issues with each other. Also we check validly of parent task id field with another workflow validation script. The only problem is we do not have autocomplete for parent issue id field. Any improvement is welcome.

  • First of all you should install Script Runner plugin. This plugin allows you to customise your workflows with groovy scripts without writing a whole custom plugins.
  • Define a parent issue type and customise it in the way you want. We use Review Task and Test Task issue types.
  • Define a custom field named “Parent Task ID” and add it to every other issue type that you want to automatically associate with a parent issue type (the ones you have defined above).
  • For the Create transition of workflow add following validator to validate correctness of entered “Parent Task ID” field.
    def parentTaskID = cfValues['Parent Task ID'];
    if (parentTaskID == null || parentTaskID == '') {
        return true;
    } else {
        def parentIssue = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager().
        def isValid = parentIssue != null && 
             parentIssue.projectObject.key == issue.projectObject.key &&
              ( == 'Review Task' || 
       == 'Test Task');
        return isValid;

  • Create a linkIssues.groovy file with below scrip content and put it to home folder of your JIRA installation. For the default installation on windows it is the bin folder. After that add script post function to invoke linkIssues.groovy file for Create transition. As you see in the last screen shoot this step should come after “Create the issue originally” step otherwise you will not have an issue id for linking.
    def ComponentManager componentManager = ComponentManager.getInstance();
    def customFieldManager = componentManager.getCustomFieldManager();
    def parentTaskIDCF = customFieldManager.
            getCustomFieldObject('customfield_10517');//write your own custom field id here
    def parentTaskID = issue.getCustomFieldValue(parentTaskIDCF);
    if (parentTaskID == null || parentTaskID == '') {
        return true;
    } else {
        def issueManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueManager();
        def parentIssue = issueManager.getIssueObject(parentTaskID);
        def isParentIssueValid = parentIssue != null && 
                parentIssue.projectObject.key == issue.projectObject.key && 
                ( == 'Review Task' || 
               == 'Test Task');
        if (isParentIssueValid) {
            def issueLinkManager = ComponentAccessor.getIssueLinkManager();
            def issueLinkTypeManager = componentManager.
            def issueLinkType = issueLinkTypeManager.
                    getIssueLinkTypesByName('Found In').get(0);
            def authenticationContext = componentManager.
          ,,, 1L, authenticationContext.user);


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How to turn off retweets on twitter without blocking your friends

Some peoples use retweet feature aggressively, especially during elections or similar events. They retweet from people you most probably do not care, and do not want to follow. Otherwise you would be following them already. Fortunately Twitter allow you to turn off retweets from individual people without blocking your friends. It is generally not available from mobile client but you could easily do it from Twitter’s own web interface. Here is how to do it:

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Calibre EBook Server on Amazon EC2

Yesterday I have discovered a new use for my personal server on EC2. I have installed Calibre EBook Server on it and moved all my ebooks on it. Now I could centrally manage my ebook collection. Before that I have used to Dropbox but it was filling up my Dropbox space.

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Dash Mac Application

Dash is a small application which is actually a catalog of different APIs. You select which APIs to be downloaded and displayed. You could search within the downloaded APIs. You can integrate Dash to PopClip which is another useful application that could performs various actions with the selected text. You could also save your own code snippets. It is a free application but it tries to annoy you from time to time to convince you to purchase it. Today they have %60 percent discount so I decided not to be annoyed anymore. You can access all of these APIs online but it is good to have them in a common place.

Dash screenshot
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Node is taking off

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RCDefaultApp Freeware Application for Mac OS X

Recently I wanted to change default terminal application from to While searching how to do it, I come across a very helpful application to adjust all kind of application defaults on Mac OS X, RCDefaultApp. Installation is very simple, just double click on the RCDefaultApp.prefPane file and System Preferences pane will prompt to install it. After the installation it will be added to Preferences pane as a new icon. Just open it and set the iterm as handler of ssh, telnet and x-man-page URLs. If you need to set an application as a default for certain type of extensions you can also do it here.

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Blogging Softwares for Mac:MarsEdit 3.5.9 vs Metropolis 1.0.2

I have been using MarsEdit during last month and during that time I have posted several posts using it. I have been using trial version and I was considering to buy it, though it’s $40 price is expensive for a blogging software. I have come across Metropolis from CHIARO Software. I think Metropolis is only for wordpress though. Both of them are very good applications and have very similar functions.

Common Functions:
  • HTML and Rich Text editing
  • Previewing post
  • Local Drafts
  • Setting post properties (Publication date, tags, categories, turning comments on/off, allowing/disallowing pingbacks)
  • Inserting images into posts
  • Allows editing of posts and pages
  • Allows custom stylesheets for previewing your post
  • Spell check
  • Retina display support

Pros of Metropolis:

  • Twitter integration (automatically publishes your post on twitter, allows tracking who tweeted your post)
  • Allows directly seeing comments on your site and approving, deleting them etc.
  • Cheaper, $20 is half of the price of MarsEdit
  • Formatting toolbar in Rich Text Editor
  • Allows setting slug for post
  • Allows editing of excerpt of your post

Pros of MarsEdit

  • Media manager, allows resizing of images within the application
  • Blog This bookmarklet to reblog something you have seen on the web
  • Supports other blogging sites other than wordpress
  • Integrates with other text editors for editing HTML Text, like BBEdit
  • Allows javascript and plugins on preview screen
  • Support for WordPress Private and Pending Post status
  • Macro support for repeated actions
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