Quick Start Challenges Help Developers Use Open Source Tools

| Adam J. Hecktman

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.

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Adam J. Hecktman

You may recognize Adam. He’s a regular on TV, you can hear him on the radio, he’s penned numerous articles and is the co-founder of the Chicago City Data Users Group. But some of Adam’s most important work is done behind the scenes in his role as Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Engagement for Chicago. Tech giants, universities and government leaders turn to Adam for guidance on all matters technology, and he happily obliges, helping Chicago overcome challenges and capitalizing on new, exciting opportunities.