I’m spending a few days immersed in PostgreSQL community out in New York City at the PostgreSQL Conference East. And looking for people interested in working at Emma, because we’re hiring!
My first day was a mix of in-depth concurrency control geekery, object relation mappery, SSL and community.
I started things off with Kevin Grittner’s talk about Serializable Snapshot Isolation (SSI). I posted my raw notes here, and I’m sure he’ll post his slides soon. His presentation was long on detail about the use cases that helped drive his work on SSI and included references to the original papers. He’ll be giving a related talk at PgCon with the other author of the patch, Dan Ports.
Next I had lunch with Rob Wultsch, who just joined Facebook, Magnus Hagander, David Fetter, who’s joined VMWare, Devrim Gunduz, Vanessa Hurst, Jonathan Katz and a few others. We chatted about new Postgres features, how to give training courses to beginners and the future of Facebook Privacy (sorry to put you on the spot again, Rob!)
The afternoon was a series of talks about Postgres’ SSL implementation and features, Vanessa’s ORM problems and solutions talk and then a couple hours of reviewing some new Python code for a URL shortener for planet.postgresql.org (we finally got ahold of the postgr.es domain!) and having a long conversation about law, personal liberty and data visualization.
The conversations extended into an evening dinner with core PostgreSQL developers courtesy of EnterpriseDB. I talked about the possibility of a new type of index in Postgres with Jeff Davis and Stephen Frost. We discussed the difficulty most companies and consultancies are having finding DBAs, and the bare beginnings of a hilarious marketing plan we’re going to try — targeting Oracle DBAs to get them to convert their skills over to Postgres.
As always, we brought the party to a final location, and I got to spend a little time with Jan Wieck, the original author of PL/Tcl and PL/PgSQL.
All in all, a great day! And looking forward to talks by Jeff Davis, Stephen Frost and Greg Smith today.