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2Q PG Conf 2017 in Chicago

This conference took place here in Chicago on November 9, and I just loved everything about it! I will try not to repeat myself, since I’ve already mentioned about a million times what a great idea is it to have a one-day conference which is geared towards the local Postgres users. I am not sure to which extent I really helped this conference to be a success (although the organizers firmly believe I did!), but in any case it turned out ot be exactly what I was hoping it to be.

Great venue, great talks (and I do not mean mine :))

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One more reminder – two Postgres event in Chicago next week!

To my friends and colleagues in Chicago: I’ve written about both of those events multiple times, but now they are really coming.

First, Chicago PUG meetup will take place on November 8, with Bruce Momjian’s appearance! Your chance to listen to the “Postgres Window Magic” presentation! Please don’t forget to RSVP, if you are planing to come.

And second, or rather first, since that’s the reason Bruce Momjian is in town – the 2QPGConf. I can’t stress enough what a great opportunity it is for anybody who does anything with PostgreSQL it is! The best speakers of the Postgres community are on the list of presenters.

I am presenting as well:) – the shorted version on the bitemporal paper. Also, I will be one of the panelist on the panel “Postgres Around the Windy City”. This should be something interesting, because – well, you know that I like to talk 🙂

Hope to see you there!

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ACT-W Conference: Dr. Helen Sun keynote

Dr. Sun keynote was definitely the best thing out of the whole conference! The talk was called “My Personal Journey and Transformation Story”. To be honest ], my first reaction when I heard about switching career from the English professor to the information technology was rather skeptical, but the more I listened to the talk the more I started to realize how close is it to what I believe in, and what I consider the most important things in life and professional career. I find it very true what Dr. Sun said about the leadership. She cites the quote from Bob Gates that “Leadership is when people choose to follow
you, even if there’s no consequences of not doing so”.

But the most interesting thing happened at the very end of the talk. Dr. Sun said: if somebody will be talking to you about work-life balance, do not believe them. There is no such a thing as a work life balance. It can only be a work-life integration!

And that was the word! For many years, when I was telling people my personal story, and when I was telling young women seeking a career in IT: you do not have to choose between work and family, you can have them both if you set up your mind accordingly. But the word “integration” never crossed my mind and yet it describes perfectly how I feel about this subject.

And then Dr. Sun continued, talking about how she always would make a point to talk to her son on Skype every day when she was away on business trips, and about tons of other things that she did. and most of them would be exactly what I did. And what she said about her son not being upset, that she often could attend his events, and that he was proud of her, and how she gave him a positive example – I could say it about my kids, word to word.

So when she was finished, I raised my hand for a question, and told her how much I’ve enjoyed her presentation, and thanked her for giving me that word – work-life integration, and told her how my life journey resembled her’s.

And I think she was really glad to hear that 🙂

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The PG Open videos

Actually, all the videos from the conference are now available online, which is great. But for those, who are as lazy as me :), I am posting here both my and Chad’s presentations – enjoy!

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Bruce Momjan’s talk at PG Open will be replayed in Chicago – stay tuned!

Once again, I did’t write more about PG Open, although I had grand plans. But there were so many interesting talks, that I am still going to write about them, even though it’s already 3 weeks past the conference.

One talk I really enjoyed, was Bruce Momjian “The Window Magic“. You can find the presentation here.

That’s what I really liked about it. Window functions are hard. Seriously. This is one of those things, where you know there are options and answers to everything, but figuring out how to do this takes so long that you almost do not want to do this. What I absolutely love about this presentation is the fact, that it starts from the very basic example, and then adds one feature after another, and each time it is one easy – and logical! – step. And the amazing thing is, that Bruce manages to make sense out of literally each and single option, and they all make sense! None of them looks artificial or “why anybody would want to do that?”

Granted, it won’t be me, if I won’t have any comments :). The comment I had here was, that people should be warned that the window functions are resource consuming. The moment you really figure out this magic, you want to use it everywhere, even instead of min/max with group by! And the execution time will be very different in this case.

And now the best part – Bruce graciously suggested to bring his talk right here to Chicago!  Thereby we are moving the November PUG date – it is now scheduled for November 8.  Please RSVP to this event here.

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About PG Open 2017

Usually I start to write about any conference I am attending while still at the conference. But this time around I had such a busy time, there were so many things going on, that I didn’t… and even now, two days after the conference, I am not sure where to start 🙂

Overall the conference was great. The weather in San Francisco was beautiful, the hotel was great except of the usual “too-much-air-conditioning” .

This time I didn’t sign up for any of the tutorials. so the day I came, I just met several people (which is always the goal at a conference in any case), and we also had the speakers dinner (a very nice one!).

The opening:

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Chicago July PUG with Bruce Momjian

I have just one thing to say – it was a great meetup! I was worried, that the even was scheduled not for the best day: it’s the end of July, when people are either heading to vacation, or at least just trying to spend as much time outdoors, as possible. Besides, for some reason nobody likes to meet on Thursdays.

In spite all of the above – the attendance was great, and the audience was really engaged. Do I need to mention that Bruce is the greatest speaker in the Postgres world?!

The presentation was brilliant,  over an hour just passed by, and nobody even asked whether we can have a break 🙂


And now I really hope  this won’t be the last time Bruce is visiting Chicago and talking at PUG!

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