This workshop is aimed at Java developers who want to learn more about how
to rapidly prototype applications using web front-end technologies with JVM back-end technologies. The workshop may be
suitable for developers who don’t normally use Java as their primary language,
but this is not an introduction to Java and familiarity with server-side development of some kind is assumed.
The workshop is not suitable for people who have no programming experience.
This is a hands-on workshop, bring a laptop set up according to the following instructions - you will be writing code!
I’ve created my very first screencast! This video takes you through all the steps you need to go through in order to be
setup for the workshop.
The setup instructions below are the same process, so you can copy & paste where appropriate.
I am assuming you already have a version of the Java SDK downloaded. For this workshop, Java 7 or above should work, but
I recommend you download the latest version of Java 8 if you’re not already using it.
Create a new work area for this tutorial. For the rest of these instructions I’ll refer to it as <location>. I’ve put
mine in ~/Projects/workshops/qcon2015
Download MongoDB for your operating system and unzip/install it. Unless you prefer to put it
somewhere else, I suggest you unzip it to <location>/mongodb
Now we have to create the directory for the data to go into. Create a data directory in <location>, so that you
have a folder at <location>/data
From the command line, start MongoDB to make sure everything is working. From the <location> directory:
./mongodb/bin/mongod --dbpath data
monogdb\bin\mongod.exe --dbpath data
MongoDB should be running on localhost and port 27017
Connect to the shell to make sure it’s working:
You should see something like:
MongoDB shell version: 2.8.0-rc5
connecting to: test
Welcome to the MongoDB shell.
For interactive help, type "help".
For more comprehensive documentation, see
Questions? Try the support group
In a terminal/command line, navigate to this location, and run:
This should download all the required dependencies.
Open in your favourite IDE and import this directory as a new project. I’ll be using
IntelliJ IDEA 14 and showing a number of its tricks. If you’re using IntelliJ IDEA and you
import this project as a Gradle project, you don’t even need to do the above step, IntelliJ will download and import
the dependencies for you.
Feel free to use Eclipse or
Netbeans (or whatever your favourite IDE is) but I’m out of practice using those IDEs and might not be able to help you out as much.
You should be ready to begin: you have a working instance of MongoDB, a skeleton project that we’ll be working with, and all the
dependencies should have been downloaded.