If you are a developer and need a quick explanation of how to do something with your app on Azure, Quick Start Challenges are definitely worth looking at. As part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy set of resources, Quick Start challenges are designed to get you up and running by walking you through a complete task, end to end, in less than an hour. Among the challenges are those related to how to use open sources tools, like the MongoDB database using Python and Mongo Lab. Mongo Lab is a service on Azure that allows you to have a fully managed MongoDB database. If you are interested in working with MongoDB, I recommend this hands-on lab to learn how to create a MongoDB database on Microsoft Azure. Find out how to add records to the database and to read the records using PyMongo, a Python distribution which contains tools for working with MongoDB. It’s a great opportunity for a quick learn! The challenge can be found here, and more challenges here.