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Speaker Interview: Pavlo Golub

Tower of Babel or How to turn an elephant into a polyglot   Wednesday 15:00   Casablanca

Twitter: @PavloGolub Facebook: pasha.golub Company website:

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I have been working in databases for more than 15 years, focused mostly on delivering developers tools and GUI applications. Now I am working at Cybertec as PostgreSQL expert, windowz hacker (heard about patroni?) and savior of the mankind. :-)

First I met PostgreSQL inside ASPLinux distribution when was a student. That time I gave a vow unto my own "never-ever work with databases". Because was absolutely sure, those databases are some bookkeeping trash. And I will be the true programmer... And here I am. :)

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

I've participated in some conferences as a speaker, many more as an attendee, have been working on some products from the PostgreSQL universe...

But now my dream is to build strong local PUG in Ukraine. Come and join us! Even if you're out of Ukraine.

We plan to hold a meetup first. We even have a frozen list of speakers already (but they may become the list of the frozen speakers! The winter is coming!). Now we're looking for a place.

But the final goal is in Ukraine of course.

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

I'm a social junkie. Well, not that I like people much. ;-) But I really like powerful communities with a strong idea. First time I visited "" in Amsterdam, 2011. From that time I missed only one in Dublin and only because of visa issues. I badly want to attend FOSDEM, but my plans are destroyed every year.

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

I will talk about internationalization (i18n) and localization (l11n) of the PostgreSQL itself and related software, materials etc. I will describe the whole process in a nutshell, will introduce software and techniques used. And will try to foresee in what way we should move.

There is a lack of translators in the community. People think this is somewhat unimportant.

But this is the cool start for newbies. During translating the product you deal with its sources, getting closer with a conception of how it is written, what errors and messages it may produce.

Localization is an essential factor for a dissemination and world domination eventually. :) You need localized products for a government, for educational institutions and, frankly speaking, for business too.

And last but not least, this way you may create more local user groups and neurons in your brain. Thus prevent Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia. :)

What is the audience for your talk?

Everybody is welcomed! Especially people searching to become part of the community.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

Nothing special needed. Good mood and desire only.

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

Parallel Queries! Especially parallelization of commands CREATE TABLE .. AS, SELECT INTO, CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW and UNION ALL clauses.

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

LightningTalks for sure! :) There are plenty of tremendous talks this year! I will for sure visit as much as possible from "Hacker" and "Developer" tracks. But if you want to know the most anticipated... Let it be "AUTO PLAN TUNING USING FEEDBACK LOOP" by Tatsuro Yamada-san.