How to use MongoDB from PowerShell and F#

by Doug Finke on October 25, 2009

in F#,MongoDB,PowerShell

Dwight Merriman, founder of 10gen,  presented today, at Lab49 where I work, about his new database platform:

Mongo (from "humongous") is a high-performance, open source, schema-free document-oriented database. MongoDB is written in C++ and offers the following features:

  • Collection oriented storage: easy storage of object/JSON -style data
  • Dynamic queries
  • Full index support, including on inner objects and embedded arrays
  • Query profiling
  • Replication and fail-over support
  • Efficient storage of binary data including large objects (e.g. photos and videos)
  • Auto-sharding for cloud-level scalability


Dwight pointed out the way different languages could to talk to MongoDB and C# was one of them using a community developed driver.

Following the post Experimenting with MongoDB from C#, MongoDB was up and running and I was storing and retrieving data in no time.



Looks like Matthew Podwysocki used the same reference and has MongoDB working with F#.

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Doug Finke 03.16.11 at 5:40 pm


Thanks for writing this article. As I mentioned when we met in the codecampnyc speaker lounge, there is a new MongoDB C# driver. Unfortunately, the crud methods are all generics even though the MongoServer class is not generic, so you need to use reflection to call them.

That being said, Robert just submitted a patch I wrote that does make one aspect of using the driver in PowerShell easier. MongoDocument now has a constructor that takes a HashTable. This allows you to create MongoDocuments with the @{} notation.

An example of using the new driver in powershell:

A thread on the matter:

Doug Finke 03.17.11 at 8:15 pm

Thanks for the update about the MongDB driver.

Justin Dearing 04.25.11 at 2:16 pm


Robert just submitted some more powershell related improvements to the mongodb driver.

Doug Finke 04.25.11 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Justin.

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