PgOpen recap

by gorthx

Previous years:
2011
2012

PgOpen returned to Chicago for its 3rd year, and just keeps getting better and better. We moved the venue to Hotel Sax, a funky place with friendly staff and a pretty amazing catering service. (I’m just here for the food.)

My talk picks:
Schema migrations with Alembic (Selena Deckelmann) – inspired me to try out this tool.
Using Postgres FDW (John Melesky) – I love the “here is what I did and I don’t really recommend it” talks.
Inside Pg Shared Memory (Bruce Momjian) – Bruce’s talks are always thorough overviews and this one did not dissapoint.
Replication Refresh (Simon Riggs) – basic discussion of the current state of Pg replication
Secure your Webapp Passwords in Pg (Magnus Hagander) – sensible information delivered with humor.

Links to slides for these and most of the remaining talks are on the wiki. If you presented and haven’t uploaded your slides yet, this is your cue. :)

Of course, the best part of the conference is meeting new people, and people new to Postgres (hi, Catherine!).

As we are a community-supported event, we like to contribute back to the local community as well. Big thanks to Steven Frost for running the auction again! This year, in addition to funds generated from the auction, other members of the Pg community chose to donate cash on the spot. The conference committee matched some contributions, and we raised over $3500 for Chicago Hopes! Thank you.

I’m really excited to be on the committee again next year! Planning starts soon for PgOpen 2014, so if you haven’t already, please fill out the survey.

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