Mastering PostgreSQL Administration and Surviving Server Overload are both registering at record pace (in fact if you want to take these classes you better register now). The Pro PostgreSQL and Streaming replication classes are also doing respectably. All four of these classes are being given by well know PostgreSQL Contributors, Bruce Momjian, Greg Smith, Robert Treat and Magnus Hagander respectively.
We have also announced a round table at East specifically geared toward a very real problem in the current market, Databases in the Cloud. I am looking forward to this round table as it features and eclectic mix of expert practitioners from Cirrus, to 10Gen, Heroku and Open Hosting.
When we decided to change the training format for #PgEast we weren't sure what to expect. We have done a few trainings in the past, specifically at the last #PgEast and they were reasonably successful. We took a shot this year and pushed the envelope on the number of trainings we were going to provide and with all risks there are some possibilities that not all things will work out. Thus, due to low registration for the class, Django. Although the Rails class is doing just fine. While considering why the registration was low, I don't think it was that it was Django. I think that it was a general Django + PostgreSQL class. If the class has been something like, Scaling your application with Django + PostgreSQL it would have been more attractive.
Next, I read today that SourceForge is moving to MongoDB plus Python. Once upon a time Sourceforge was a big time PostgreSQL shop. Now it is not uncommon for a company to chose different platforms. It is also not uncommon for people to move from or to PostgreSQL. However, this is different.
For a company like SourceForge who has been embedded in the traditional web world for so many years to migrate wholesale to an entirely new platform which isn't even similar to their existing platform is telling. Most companies may migrate from MySQL to PostgreSQL (this makes sense) but from a fully relational, ACID compliant database to MongoDB? That is a paradigm shift and it marks what I think is an upcoming opportunity for our community.
I have been working with 10Gen, the creators of MongoDB for the past couple of months because of PostgreSQL Conference. They even have a training and full track within #PgEast. Generally speaking, MongoDB users are not database people, they are application developers. This is why I wanted MongoDB to be present. I wanted the cross pollination of ideas, hoping that the two platforms could come together and provide a productive discourse for both sides.
It is no secret that there is many more application developers in the market than database people and this is where the problem lays. If the majority of people doing the actual development are pushing toward technologies that makes their lives easier then the old and crufty relational database is going to lose out. Certainly PostgreSQL and other relational databases aren't going anywhere but it is important to recognize growing trends, learn from them and try to find a way to monopolize on them.
And with that, I am going to pimp The PostgreSQL Conference again. For what should be obvious reasons (it is in 12 days) we are in the final stretch of what is going to be the largest PostgreSQL conference in the Western World. If you do a little bit of legwork (GGIYF) you can even find some pretty hefty discounts to the conference.
Oh and don't forget to follow the conference on twitter @postgresconf and the hash tag is #PgEast.
I have been going over the list of talks wondering which I am going to visit or possibly even record. We definitely will not be recording them all this time. Here are a couple (outside of the Foursquare talk that I want to see:
.Org core member Peter Eisentraut is giving the PL/Proxy talk. I gave a talk on Pl/Proxy at West 2007. I am excited to see how far PL/Proxy has come in the last 3.5 years.
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