pgconf.eu 2012, a quick recap

One year of work, that's all it takes to build such an event. That doesn't seem a lot, but believe me, it is. And we are still working: invoices to pay, feedbacks to collect, etc. But it's worth it. It's more than simply "worth it". Seeing so many people come and have a good time talking about PostgreSQL, that's just awesome.

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I didn't see as many talks as I would have liked, but I did see some, mostly because I was a room host twice. In a weird way, the most interesting talks for me were talks from people I didn't know about before pgconf.eu and that I would have not seen if I weren't a room host. Roland Sonnenschein talked about PostgreSQL in Research & Development. He explained how he uses PostgreSQL in critical missions, and how he was able to sustain really big insert load with some tricks. The little tricks he gave were smart and inspiring. I hope I'll have the time to use that kind of tricks with some of my customers. PostBIS was another surprising talk with its explanation of the good and bad of the compression algorithm in PostgreSQL. Of the people I knew, the most interesting talks were from Alexey Klyukin ("Migrating Oracle queries to PostgreSQL"), Gianni Ciolli ("Debugging complex queries..."), and Hans-Jürgen Schönig ("Limiting PostgreSQL ressource consumption"). They were all inspiring, and I intend to use every bit of information when doing audits for my customers or when giving a training course on PostgreSQL.

My own talk ("Understanding EXPLAIN and its output") went pretty good, I think. The feedbacks I got were usually good. The slides and notes are available here if you're interested.

Of course, pgconf.eu isn't only about talks. The hallway track is also a place to be. I had a great time meeting old-timers, but also newcomers. Meeting Joe Celko and Markus Winand (the guy behind the use-the-index-luke website, and I recommend you to buy and read his book) was great.

I also went to the lightning talks. That's always a lot of fun. I can't think of anyone who could do a better job than Harald Armin Massa. He's really the right guy to introduce the speakers in a lightning talk. Can't wait to see him next year.

Well, that's it. For those who couldn't come (shame on you :) ), you can still read the slides on the PostgreSQL wiki (but sorry, no video), and mark on your calendar that another event is planned next year, in mid-october.

See you all next year!

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