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Speaker Interview: Christoph Berg

Taking care of the elephant   Thursday 14:40   Berlin

Twitter: @df7cb Company website: IRC: Myon

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m 41, living in Germany. I’m a Debian Developer and working at credativ as PostgreSQL consultant.

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

I’m responsible for running the package repository, and maintaining the PostgreSQL packages for Debian and this repository.

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

My first PGconf.EU talk was in 2011 about the idea of setting up a PostgreSQL-on-Debian repository. Dimitri, Magnus, and I then joined forces in 2012 to make it happen. Since then, I have spoken at several PGconf.EU/DE and FOSDEM conferences on this and other topics.

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

The Elephant Shed is our attempt at providing a stack of PostgreSQL web tools that work together to provide everything a PostgreSQL DBA needs to do their job. There are a lot of existing web tools, but each focuses on a specific area. We take a selection of these tools, and bundle them in a single-sign-on frontend to cover everything from administration, to backup, and monitoring.

What is the audience for your talk?

PostgreSQL users and DBAs.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

Beginner to intermediate. We are especially interested in feedback from novice users to see if our toolset helps them finding their way around in PostgreSQL.

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

JIT compilation of queries. Almost pure magic.