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FOSDEM 2012 - PostgreSQL Devroom: Call for Speakers

The PostgreSQL project will have a Devroom at FOSDEM 2012, which takes place on February 4-5 in Brussels, Belgium. The Devroom will mainly cover topics for PostgreSQL users, developers and contributors. For more information about the event itself, please see the website at http://www.fosdem.org/2012/.


We are now accepting proposals for talks. Please note that we only accept talks in English.

Each session will last 45 minutes (including discussion), and may be on any topic related to PostgreSQL. Suggested topic areas include:

  • Developing applications for PostgreSQL
  • Administering large scale PostgreSQL installations
  • Case studies and/or success stories of PostgreSQL deployments
  • PostgreSQL tools and utilities
  • PostgreSQL hacking
  • Community & user groups
  • Tuning the server
  • Migrating from other systems
  • Scaling/replication
  • Benchmarking & hardware
  • PostgreSQL related products


Of course, we're happy to receive proposals for talks on other PostgreSQL related topics as well.


Please use our conference website to submit your proposal:

https://www.postgresql.eu/events/callforpapers/fosdem2012/


The deadline for submissions is December 20th, 2011. The schedule will be published and speakers will be informed by the end of the year.


Please also note my email about hotel reservation:

http://archives.postgresql.org/pgeu-general/2011-11/msg00000.php


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PostgreSQL@FOSDEM 2011

Yeah, FOSDEM is already a week ago, but I found no time to blog about the event. Anyway, here I go:

This years edition of FOSDEM was very successfull, especially for the PostgreSQL project. We got two tables in the main building, which gave us plenty of space to present the project and talk with visitors. In addition, we had our devroom in the main building too. So, thank you to the FOSDEM team for this smart move.

The devroom had many visitors for all talks. We managed to have 6 talks, three very technical and three more user orientated.

I came with a car full of stuff to Brussels, and leaved on Sunday with just two boxes. We gave away all stressballs and all pens, and sold all elephants (again) and mugs. Only one or two bags from PGDay.EU 2010 are left and several shirts. Time to order new merchandising stuff ;-) The Perl table next to us brought a very large camel, obviously an eye-catcher.

This year I also found time to visit other interesting talks, and managed to meet good friends again. As every year, it was a very good event, just a bit cold outside ;-)

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PostgreSQL@FOSDEM 2011 - Devroom schedule

The FOSDEM team finally puzzled the Pentabarf together and published all Track and Devroom schedules.

The PostgreSQL Project has room H.2213 in the main building, on sunday. Please join us for some very famous talks, you can find the schedule here.

We also have a booth on both Saturday and Sunday, as usual in the AW building.

A place for the friday evening meetup will be announced shortly on the mailinglist.

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PGDay.EU 2010 - Kart racing

On tuesday evening, after the conference, we went to a kart racing arena near Stuttgart. This event was announced in the first mail to all participants, although there was no reminder because all available places in the cars (for transportation to the kart racing) were already reserved after a short time.

We had 20 drivers, splitted up in 3 groups. Each group had 10 minutes for qualifying and a 10 minute race. Although someone gave me all the papers with the results, there are no names on most of the sheets. So I cannot say who won each of the three races.

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Second day of PGDay.Eu 2010

The second conference day started with stress: the schedule was wrong in the booklet, the first talks in the morning were scheduled with 20 minutes instead of 50. This was the reason why so many visitors showed up early ;-) We decided to cut the next talks 5 minutes short and take 5 or 10 minutes from the breaks. After lunch we were back in schedule again.

Because of a PGEU board meeting - originally scheduled before the first talk, but then delayed because of the booklet error - I missed the first talk in the morning. Then I attended Stefan "mastermind" Kaltenbrunner's talk about "Benchmarking and performance tests for and with PostgreSQL" - and yes, I learned something new. The next slot in the same room was reserved for my talk about "Porting databases from MySQL to PostgreSQL". Not so many visitors as for my previous talk, but not everyone is interested in this topic anyway. We had some nice discussions and I got the impression that not everybody is aware about the amount of problems which raises such a project.

After the excellent lunch I was room host for Gianni Ciolli and his talk about "Windows that Work: How to use complex SQL for the greater good" as well as for Dimitri Fontaine and his talk about "PostgreSQL extension's development". I learned that now it's a good time to rewrite my table_log extension and port it to the upcoming extension infrastructure.

The last slot of the day was reserved for Ed Boyajian and his presentation about "PostgreSQL's time to shine". He included some very interesting numbers, you can find this (and most of the other) slides on the PG wiki.

Dave and Magnus really got the last word ;-) They told us about the success for this year's conference, showed some numbers and then we thanked all speakers and helpers (especially Harald and the guys from imos).

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First day of PGDay.Eu 2010

The first day of PGDay:EU 2010 was cool. All the work done yesterday now paid out: registration for everyone took only seconds and nobody had to wait.

The conference started with a welcome from our president and then with a keynote given by Simon Phipps.

After the keynote I was room host for two talks in the german track, and I had the pleasure to announce a PostGIS talk given by Stefan Keller and Andreas Neumann, and a talk about PostgreSQL in Business, given by Marc Balmer.

After a very good lunch, I was scheduled for the last talk on this day on the german track. The talk was about "Open Source Decisions": I asked several companies about the reasons why they are using open or closed source software (and some other related questions) and compiled an advocacy talk from the answers. Thanks to my audience for a very successfull discussion.

In the evening, EnterpriseDB hosted the usual social event. There was good food and drinks and we had a room just for us. It was a good time to talk with old friends and join others for good discussions.

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