Speaker Interview: Gülçin Yıldırım Jelínek

PostgreSQL is NOT your traditional SQL database   Wednesday 11:10   Berlin

Twitter: @apatheticmagpie GitHub: gulcin LinkedIn: gulcinyildirim Company website: 2ndquadrant.com Company Blog: blog.2ndquadrant.com

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I am on Board of Directors at PostgreSQL Europe and working as Cloud Services Manager at 2ndQuadrant. I've studied Applied Mathematics in Istanbul and completed my master's degree in Tallinn at Computer and Systems Engineering. I moved to Prague and currently organizing Prague PostgreSQL Meetups. If you’re interested in giving a talk at our meetup, just let me know!

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

I see myself as a community builder and try to help to build local communities wherever I am located. I was the local organizer of PGConf.EU in Tallinn, then I started Prague PostgreSQL Meetup on which we organize meetups monthly and I also use my vacations to visit other meetups in Europe to give talks and get myself acquainted with more PostgreSQL users in the area. Aside from that, I help to organize European Postgres conferences like this one, give talks and visit as many as I can as an attendee as well. I am also an enthusiast about diversity in tech and I am happy that we have Postgres Women now! I plan to propose more initiatives for Postgres Women with the support of PostgreSQL Europe Board and our members.

Have you enjoyed previous PGConf.EU or FOSDEM conferences, either as an attendee or as a speaker?

Being usually staff (plus speaker) at the conferences, it is often very busy for me but I enjoy every minute of the experience!

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

This talk is designed to give another perspective on how uncommonly good PostgreSQL is comparing to ordinary SQL databases. I chose the topic to illustrate the features like JSONB, Full-Text Search and GIN indexes to show how PostgreSQL is a perfect fit for modern software architectures.

What is the audience for your talk?

The main audience is developers using PostgreSQL but it might be interesting for people who are trying to choose their tech stack for the companies that they work for. It has some tips for DBAs as well.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

An interest in databases and some basic SQL knowledge would be sufficient.

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

I liked INCLUDE clause for creating unique indexes the most.

Which other talks at this year’s conference would you like to see?

I voted highly for the talks I would like to see! So I imagine I will be joining primarily for the ones that I have room hosting duty :)