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Thoughts on Forks and Open Source Licenses

I had the opportunity to speak with Karthik Ranganathan of YugabyteDB a couple of weeks ago; he was the inaugural guest for our new podcast, “More than a Refresh: A podcast about data and people who wrangle it.” Karthik is the CTO and one of the Founders of YugabyteDB. He provided an interesting perspective on Open Source and the license changes of other database companies. YugabyteDB is a compelling product …

Optimizing the documentation

The community has spent a lot of time optimizing features over the years. Excellent examples include parallel query and partitioning which have been multi-year efforts to increase the quality, performance, and extend features of the original commit. We should consider the documentation in a similar manner. Just like code, documentation can sometimes use a bug fix, optimization, and/or new features added to the original implementation.

Technical documentation should only …

Null Characters: Workarounds Aren’t Good Enough

By Anders Cornell, Jr. DBA

PostgreSQL is a great piece of software. Its features are well-designed, and they compose elegantly. It’s among the most versatile and reliable software I've ever used and its comprehensive superiority over other relational database products leads me to think of PostgreSQL as the data-store that can do anything. But today I'm here to discuss something that PostgreSQL can't do: handle null characters (also known …

IS OF

I am on the phone with Eric Ridge of ZomboDB and PGX fame. We chat often on the People, Postgres, Data Discord server (yes you should join) and we have unofficial “we are human so we get on the phone” calls about twice a month. The calls are generally about PostgreSQL and the awesome Open Source projects he is building around our famed database. However, on this call I got a question I don’t normally get: how good is your SQL?

Hacking on PostgreSQL snap at Snapcraft Summit 2018

As you may know, Command Prompt, Inc. develops and maintains PostgreSQL snap packages as a service to community. If you used it, you also know that unfortunately it is not yet a drop-in replacement for DEB builds distributed via PGDG APT repository.

PostgreSQL is one of the major open source projects out there that is extremely popular with all sorts of crowds: from enthusiasts to unicorn startups. And as the …

Is it time for a newbie-hacker mentor for PostgreSQL.org?

At PostgresConf US 2018, Bruce Momjian, Grant Zhou, and I had a meeting to discuss potential opportunities for the Chinese PostgreSQL community to participate in the wider International community, including submitting patches to PostgreSQL.Org. Then at Postgres Open China the International Consultants Committee had a meeting to discuss more opportunities in depth. Between the two meetings there were a lot of ideas but one opportunity that was considered needs …

Went to Bejing for Postgres Open China and China Open Source, Open Source World

I spent the week of June 25th in Bejing, China with the outstanding Chinese Open Source and Postgres Communities. I was there to speak atboth Postgres Open China and the China Open Source World conferences as well as participate in a Chinese Open Source panel and the International Consultants committee meeting, of which I am the President. This was my first trip to Asia and it was amazing. The Chinese …

The 401 on Silicon Valley Postgres

August 2017

We launched the Silicon Valley Postgres Meetup.

March 6th, 2018

We have reached 401 members in what is proving to be one of the fastest growing Postgres meetups in the United States. We launched the meetup along with Vancouver B.C., Denver, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.

Between these and other meetups we help organize such as New York, Philly, and Dallas, we are reaching more people than …

Speaking at PGConf Seattle, are you going?

Jim Mlodgenski in attendence at the 9th Annual PGConf.EU and I am working hard on updating my slides for my presentation at PGConf Seattle. PGConf Seattle is being held at the downtown Seattle Sheraton on November 13th and 14th.  I will be speaking on Postgres version 10. I will also be training on Postgres Performance and Maintenance (you can buy your ticket here). If you are planning on attending …

Postgres is better than MySQL but not because of how long it took to fix a bug

Many argue which is better: PostgreSQL or MySQL. A recent post by MySQL evangelist and community manager Frederic Descamps prompted some criticism of the amount of time that it took for a particular bug to be fixed -- 14.5 years to be exact, from the initial report.

There’s a long list of technical and performance comparisons, but here’s the number one reason to choose Postgres over MySQL.

Community Drives Change …