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Speaker Interview: Bruce Momjian

Will Postgres Live Forever?   Thursday 15:40   New York


Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I have worked with Postgres for 22 years, and got involved in Postgres because I was always curious about how databases worked. I live in Philadelphia.

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

I am a core team member and work on the email lists daily. I attend 30+ Postgres events a year. I have many presentations on my website, and blog often.

Have you enjoyed previous or FOSDEM conferences, either as attendee or as speaker?

Yes, I think I have been to eight of them, mostly as a speaker. I enjoy that they are in different cities each year.

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

My talk is about the life cycle of software, and compares proprietary and open-source life cycles particularly. I have been working in this environment for a long time and have formulated some ideas on how they are different, and where the software industry is heading.

What is the audience for your talk?

I think anyone who likes to think about how software is made, and where it is heading, will be interested. This is a recent talk and I have gotten very good feedback on it.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

No specific knowledge is required. I am sure my family would enjoy the talk too.

What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 11 which you like most?

For me it is the partitioning improvements, which enable new workloads. I think the fun-est new feature is the exit/quit psql ability.