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PGSQL Phriday #003: What is the PostgreSQL Community to me

Pat Wright is running this month’s #PGSQLPhriday, and the topic is “What is the PostgreSQL Community to you?

The answer for me is very versatile, and covers quite a lot. Took me a moment to gather the facets, and likely I’m still missing some parts.



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First PostgreSQL Meetup in Hamburg

InnoGames is hosting a PostgreSQL Meetup Tuesday next week in Hamburg, in their office in Hammerbrook. You have a wonderful view over the skyline of Hamburg from the rooftoop meeting room.

Please sign up here: First Meetup at InnoGames.

Also if you are intersted in speaking at another Meetup, or you want to host a Meetup, please let the organizers know.

German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2015 2015 is the sequel of the highly successful German-speaking PostgreSQL Conferences 2011 and 2013. Due to space limitations in the old location, we are moving to Hamburg. The conference takes place on Friday, November 27th. We also add a day with trainings on the 26th.

Registration for the conference will be possible well in advance. Tickets must be purchased online. For sponsors, we have put together a package that includes among other things, a number of discounted ticket. More in the Call for Sponsors in a separate announcement.

German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2013 (towels inside)

Yesterday (Friday) we ran the German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2013. Once again (like 2011) it took place at the Rheinisches Industriemuseum in Oberhausen, followed today and tomorrow by the OpenRheinRuhr Open Source conference and exhibition. And like 2011 we had a "full house", this year we had to close the registration even earlier than last year. Unfortunately the museum has a limited amount of seats, which somewhat limits us here. In the end, we had 105 attendees.

We had 22 talks (including keynote) by 23 22 speakers, where 5 speakers are not from DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). That is a great success too.

I think it's almost time to start thinking about the 2014 edition of

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Call for Papers for PGConf.DE 2013

PGConf.DE 2013 is the sequel of the German Speaking PostgreSQL Conference in 2011. This year's PGConf.DE will be held on November 8th in the Rheinischen Industriemuseum in Oberhausen, followed by the OpenRheinRuhr at the same venue.

Topics for PostgreSQL Users, Developers, Contributors and Desicion Makers will be covered. For more information about the conference, please visit the website at:

We are now accepting proposals for talks. Please note that we are looking for talks in English and German.
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Call for Sponsors: German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2013

The German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2013 is an excellent way for businesses to reach users and developers, or to give something back to the community. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, we have put together several options for you:

The offers for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship are described on the website. Please contact us if you are interested in other forms of sponsorship.

Announcement: German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2013

PGConf.DE 2013 is the sequel of the highly successful German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2011. We maintain the proven concept: November 8th, 2013, the Rhineland Industrial Museum in Oberhausen.

The call for papers will open in a few days. Registration for the conference will be possible well in advance. Tickets may be purchased online in advance as well as at the entrance. Due to limited capacity, early booking is advisable. For sponsors, we have put together a package that includes among other things, a number of discounted ticket. More in the Call for Sponsors in a separate announcement.

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Chemnitz Linux Days 2013

"Chemnitz Linux Days" is one of the main Open Source and Linux conferences in Germany, for the 15th consecutive year now. And personally it's one of my favourite conferences.

Based on experience from the past two years I decided not to have a booth, but nevertheless submitted two talks. One was accepted: "Replication with PostgreSQL" (slides and script here). On the laptop keyboard&mouse: Andreas Kretschmer. On the microphone: me. It was the first talk in the morning, but the room was full with visitors. We got nice feedback about the talk as well and had to continue discussions outside of the room, when the next talk started.

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Replikation mit PostgreSQL - Vortrag auf den Chemnitzer Linuxtagen 2013

Die Folien für den Vortrag "Replikation mit PostgreSQL", den Andreas Kretschmer und ich auf den Chemnitzer Linuxtagen 2013 gehalten haben, sind jetzt online:

Replikation mit PostgreSQL

Ein Link auf das Build Skript zum Nachvollziehen der Demo ist hier:

Demo Skript

Viel Spaß damit.

German-Speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2011 - A résumé

The German-Speaking PostgreSQL Conference 2011 is over!

It was a very good event and the response was much greater than expected. Thanks to all who have come to Oberhausen - despite the start of the carnival at the same day. Honestly, I had 50 visitors set as the limit to declare the event a success for myself. Two days before the conference we had to close the registry because the planned capacity at that time were already almost fully utilized. At this time, we had almost 90 registrations - including walk-ins we certainly topped the 100.

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German-speaking PostgreSQL Conference - Last chance for registration

The German-Speaking PostgreSQL Conference takes place on November 11th in Oberhausen, Germany. Last chance for your registration!

We are happy to announce Astrid Emde as Keynote Speaker, she will talk about the PostGIS project, one of the main influences to PostgreSQL.

Please note, that your ticket is also valid for the OpenRheinRuhr which takes place at the same location over the weekend.

See you next week in Oberhausen.

Fazit: PostgreSQL auf der FrOSCon 2011

Wie in den letzten Jahren auch hat PostgreSQL wieder einen sehr angenehmen Auftritt auf der FrOSCon 2011 gehabt.

Am Samstag hatten wir einen Devroom, der voll mit guten Vorträgen war. Das Feedback für den Devroom ist - soweit man das zu diesem frühen Zeitpunkt schon abschätzen kann - sehr gut.

Etwas Kritik gibt es an der Orga für die Organisation der Projekte. Wie auch im letzten Jahr wurden alle Projekte in die eine Hälfte des einen großen Saals gepackt. Auf der anderen Seite waren dann Tische und dort wurde warmes Essen verkauft. Dieses Gedränge und das gute Wetter haben dafür gesorgt, das die Temperaturen an den Ständen nicht erträglich waren - entsprechend war am Sonntag dort recht wenig los und die Besucher haben sich eher draußen aufgehalten.

Für nächstes Jahr wünsche ich mir hier ein komplett neues Konzept vom Veranstalter, andernfalls macht es keinen Sinn, unnötig personelle und materielle Ressourcen für einen nicht besuchten Stand aufzuwenden. Mit kleineren Korrekturen ist es hier nicht mehr getan, dafür ist die FrOSCon mittlerweile zu groß geworden und die Anzahl der Projekte wächst ständig an.

Dafür war das Social Event am Abend wieder sehr gut organisiert und besucht. Positiv zu erwähnen ist außerdem, das man schneller seine Getränke bekam.

Dann mal schauen, was die Orga da nächstes Jahr geplant hat.

PostgreSQL@FrOSCon 2011

FrOSCon is the annual Free and Open Source Conference, which takes place at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in St. Augustin, Germany.

As usual, PostgreSQL has a devroom and we will host a number of talks, most of them in German, but also one in English.

The list of talks is available at the FrOSCon website: You have to scroll right to the second page.

Honestly: I don't know, why the FrOSCon folks chooses pink for our devroom in the schedule. I mean, hey, pink. Not blue, not black, PINK! Ridiculous!

Anyway, looking forward to meet you in St. Augustin in a not so far future.

PostgreSQL@FrOSCon 2011 - Call for Papers

Like in the last years, the German-Speaking PostgreSQL User Group again has a Devroom at the FrOSCon 2011, taking place on August 20/21in St. Augustin, Germany.

Now we are looking for all kind of PostgreSQL related talks. All slots are 45 minutes.

Please submit your talk to Deadline is Juli 20th.

We also have a booth. If you visit FrOSCon, please step by and have a chat with us.

PostgreSQL@FrOSCon 2011 - Call for Papers

Die Deutschsprachige PostgreSQL Anwendergruppe hat auf der 6. FrOSCon in St. Augustin am 20./21. August einen Devroom.

Dort werden wir wie auch in den letzten Jahren eine Reihe Vorträge zum Thema PostgreSQL organisieren. Dafür suchen wir nun Beiträge.

Jeder Vortrag wird 45 Minuten dauern und kann jedes beliebige für PostgreSQL relevante Thema beinhalten. Einige Vorschläge für Themenbereiche:

  • Entwickeln von Anwendungen für PostgreSQL
  • Administration von großen und skalierenden PostgreSQL Installationen
  • Fallstudien von PostgreSQL Installationen
  • PostgreSQL Werkzeuge und Hilfsprogramme
  • PostgreSQL Hacking
  • Community & Benutzergruppen
  • Tunen der Datenbank oder des Servers
  • Migrieren von anderen Systemen
  • Skalieren/Replikation
  • Benchmarking & Hardware
  • Produkte die PostgreSQL verwenden

Natürlich werden Einreichungen aus anderen, PostgreSQL relevanten Bereichen ebenfalls akzeptiert.

Alle Vorträge müssen bis zum 22. Juli 2011 an eingereicht sein.

Wir werden ebenfalls einen PostgreSQL Stand auf der FrOSCon haben, dafür suchen wir noch fleißige Helfer.