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Chicago PUG January Meetup – Great Start for 2020

It has been for three years now, that Bravinat is hosting Chicago PUG meetups. Today we’ve rung in 2020 with two excellent presentations and very productive follow-up discussions.


I want to thank one more time all the user group members who joined us today.

Looking forward to another great year ahead!

Engaged audience
Our speakers

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2019 Highlights

Today, on the first day of 2020, I am looking back at 2019 – what an amazing year it was for me! Here is what I am especially happy and proud about:

  1. Undiubtfully, the most outstanding professional recognition I ever received was my ITA Technologist of the year award.  What made it especially significant for me was the fact that I ended up being the first female ever receiving this award. 
  2. After three years of rejections, I finally have another paper accepted for the academic conference. I will be presenting at SOFSEM 2020 in Cyprus
  3. I ran a full-day training for the first time in my life, at 2Q PG Conf in Chicago. That was way more work than I initially thought, but I am pleased with the outcome. 
  4. Also for the first time, I was a part of the talk selection committee (for the same conference) 
  5. It was also a fantastic year for the Chicago PUG. We are now the third-largest PUG in the Western Hemisphere, and I can’t wrap my head around it. When did it happen?! I am so thankful for all of the Chicago PUG members who were attending our meetups this year! Huge thank you for all the speakers, who made our year so memorable, especially our November Meetup!
  6. Last but not least: it is my fourth year at Braviant Holdings, and this is the first time in my life I can design and build the system from scratch, the way I believe is right, and to prove that it is indeed the right way – works as expected 🙂 Also, I am working with the most wonderful team ever. 

The only thing I can wish for myself in 2020 – for things to continue to be as good as they are. Also, I have two announcements to make. 

  1. For those of you who wanted to attend my training but didn’t get a chance – I will do it again in New York at the end of March. More details to come, stay tuned.
  2. I am looking for ways to further improve Chicago PUG meetups. Some people expressed a desire to have “PG lunches” in addition to the evening meetups. If you are interested and want/can help with the organization – please reach out to me!

One more time, big thank you to everybody: my co-workers, my managers, Chicago PUG, and Postgres community at large – nothing would happen without your continuous support!

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Last Night at Chicago PUG

Chicago PUG November meetup, which took place on November 12, was a highlight of my career as a Chicago PUG co-organizer. We had both Magnus Hagander and Devrim Gündüz speaking at one event! The attendance was great, and I am very thankful for both Magnus and Devrim for agreeing to speak, as well as for Sri, who talked them into it :).

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2Q PG Conf in Chicago – It’s Getting Closer!

Dear fellow Chicagoans! I just shared a LinkedIn post by 2ndQuadrant – the Early Bird registration for 2Q PG Conf ends on November 2!

It is going to be the third year of this conference coming to Chicago, and I can guarantee it will be even better than before. There are several reasons for that.

First, we are back to W hotel in the Loop, which is a very convenient location for those of you who work in Chicago and commute from the suburbs – very close to both Union Station and Ogilvie.

Second – there was a record number of submissions, and the best of the best were selected to be presented.

Third – guess who will be presenting the Ultimate Optimization Training?! Yes, your’s truly. 

Now add to this list all of the advantages of a local conference. No airfare. No hotel charges. No travel time. Perhaps, if it would be up to you, you would not mind a getaway:). But I can guarantee that your manager would love an idea of sending you to the local conference, rather than to San Francisco!

And now, I have a world for Chicago PUG members. As a reminder, we are going to have a very special meetup on November 12: Magnus Hagander and Devrim Gündüz will be presenting! Those are two great reasons to attend in November, but there is one more: we are going to reveal a special discount code for Chicago PUG members. 

Please register early for both of these exciting events!

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July Chicago PUG was a success!

We had a great meetup of Chicago PUG last night with the first appearance of YugaByte DB. Thank you so much, Amey Banarse, for a very informative and engaging presentation!
Please take notice that there will be no meetup in August – enjoy the rest of the Summer, and I will see you all in September. Watch for the announcement!

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April Chicago PUG meetup is tomorrow!

Just one last reminder about tomorrow’s Chicago PUG Meetup: tomorrow we are hosting CockroachDB Lab, and I encourage everybody, including our members who were hibernating during this cold winter, to attend!

Here is a short summary of the talk:

CockroachDB is a distributed SQL database at scale for cloud native. It was Inspired by Spanner, but created as an open-source Postgres-compatible database with strong ACID guarantees. It gives an alternative to a standalone Postgres server to answer the most important questions we have to handle after we take our databases into production: How can I keep the database from going down? How can I migrate it between clouds? And, considering it’s a cluster, how can you keep the database instances consistent with each other?

CockroachDB takes on these challenges by allowing you to write your Postgres apps as if you’re talking to a single instance: your SQL code works the same way and you use standard Postgres drivers. But instead of replicating the data, the data is automatically written to a raft-consensus cluster that guarantees serializable isolation to stay consistent automatically.

CockroachDB is easy to play with in a lab and this talk will show you how. Your database can then seamlessly migrate to the cloud, and even scale between datacenters giving your Postgres database flexibility as you move from development through production. Come to this session to see how this technology works and learn how to download the open source and work with it in your own environment.

If you are planning to attend, but didn’t register yet, please take a moment to RSVP on the meetup page here. (to ensure we have enough pizza!)

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Radio broadcast about Chicago PUG

If you didn’t have a chance to listed to the live broadcast lat Friday – enojoy the recording:

https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?light=1&feed=%2Flumpenradio%2Ftech-scene-chicago-host-melanie-adcock-01042019%2F

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Chicago PUG will be live on the radio!

This Friday Jan 4 I will be on the Tech Scene Chicago Radio Broadcast talking about Chicago Postgres User Group. It will be aired live at 105.5 FM at 1PM, and will be replayed next twp Saturdays at 9AM and next Friday Jan 11 at 1PM. It will also streamed on lumpenradio.com. I have no idea yet what the questions are going to be, but my goal is to promote PostgreSQL (Chicago-wide and world-wide:))

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The 2Q PGCONF program just announced!

Hi Chicago! I am extremely excited to share with you the program of the upcoming 2Q PGCONF! After the last year’s success the organizers decided to add a whole day f training to the conference.

So, here is what you need to know: the training schedule is here. The talks schedule is here. Exciting news for my company – two talks from Braviant Holdings were accepted! I think it tells a lot about how our company foster innovation and invest in employees professional development.

And now the important dates to remember: the training is on Tue December 4, and the talks are on Wed December 5, and October 14 is the last day of the early bird registration!!!

And finally the last thing. The Chicago PostgreSQL User Group meetup will be next week, Wed Oct 17, featuring Shaun Thomas. Please come and have a sneak peek of the conference!

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June Chicago PUG

Last week we have a first meetup of Chicago PUG in our new office. From my previous experience moving meetup to a new address always incur some casualties, so I was really glad that people have come! Our new office is not only a better workplace that the previous one, but it is definitely a better place to host meetups.

I had a very busy time for the several weeks before the meetup, and a move itself is quite a stressful experience, so in the morning of the day of meetup I’ve realized I absolutely didn’t think through any of the details. Turned out – I didn’t have to! There was no need to move the furniture as in the previous office, our new kitchen provides a way better setup for people to talk before the start of the meetup, everything was ready for the presentation.

As for the presentation, Chad Slaughter presented a talk “Postgres development methods: pgtap & FT testing”. Which was really perfect for us, because I am trying really hard to popularize the pgTAP tests and a concept of unit tests for the database in general. I do not know why it is so hard, but although pgTAP is a very well established framework, people just like to create problems for themselves and not to maintain the tests for any database work. Either because they have no time, or because tests are boring, or most likely because they just do not understand their importance. So I was really happy that somebody except me was preaching the same thing.

Anyway, I just feel really good about how this meetup went, and hope to maintain the same quality of professional interaction and networking. For many years to come!

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