Published on December 1, 2008
PostgreSQL – Since East 08 Joshua D. Drake PostgreSQL.Org PgUS Command Prompt, Inc.
Could we do any more in 6 months? New development model Non profit structure continuing Better tertiary project interactions Certification making milestones PostgreSQL with Replication What about the next 6 months?
New Development Model Don't worry, we are still meritocracy based. However we have increased distributed efficiency • Commit Fest • 2 months of development • 1 month of review and commit • Increased transparency
More Reviewers! Increase in development transparency • Increased number of patch reviewers • Not all are hard core developers • If you can develop in Python (or ahem Perl), you can likely read (and understand) many patches. • Participating in feature proposals allows for better perspective for the developers
Release schedule shift Historically releases come out around December • Creates a dry spell of development and testing in July and August 8.4 has a slightly longer development timeline to push release until March 2009 • Creates a larger beta cycle allowing for better testing and higher quality release
Non profit infrastructures continuing PgEU – Europe as a whole PgUS – United States PgBR - Brazil PgIT - Italian PgFR – French Speaking PgJP – Japan (longer than anyone) SPI – For general International support Did I miss any?
PgEU PgEU • Moving forward nicely • Has own conference in conjunction with pg.it in a week • Has begun process of committees and appropriately organizing • Here, now – Wave Magnus!
PgUS PgUS • Moving forward nicely • Elections, NOW! • Four additional board members to be seated after election • Platforms : https://www.postgresql.us/elections/2008 • Is speaking at Northern Arizona State in a week (hopefully the first of many engagements)
Tertiary project interactions The community is starting to have more proactive interactions with developers who support PostgreSQL outside of the core software • SQL Alchemy (Wave Jek) • Catalyst, DBIx:Class (Wave MST) • Drupal • Not here but has set up a list specifically for ensuring postgresql (and others) have a communication channel: email@example.com
Certification! The PostgreSQL Certification Project • A project by the community, for professionals who need certification Isn't certification overrated? • Yes Then Why? • Because it is a base level requirement for many positions as well as entry into government.
Certification Milestones Determine delivery method • Done: Paper (for now, it's cheap) Proctored or not • Proctored (let's keep it honest) • Ideas include working with Professors from Higher Education International Effort • Europe, South America and North America are all well represented
Certification Status JTA – Job Task Analysis is open • We need to know what to certify on before we can certify • http://www.postgresqlcertification.org/jta Many thanks to the BSD Certification Project who has helped us tremendously.
PostgreSQL with Replication? In the beginning there was Er-Server and we were afraid Then there was Replicator but it was closed Then there was Slony-I but it was complicated Then there was log shipping but it was limited Then there was an announcement... and we waited, and waited, and waited... Was it a joke?
PostgreSQL Replicator A PostgreSQL distribution with integrated replication. BSD licensed Open Development Works with 8.1 and 8.3 • Replication between versions also supported http://www.commandprompt.com/projects • /public/replicator
Replication for 8.4 Possibly.... • 2ndQuandrant is working on a patch that would allow synchronous/hot standby functionality • Read-only slave is still up in the air • Partial replication is out • Great for directly connected fail over capable machines.
What about the next 6 months? More work with Higher Education Continue to court developers Further Advocacy to tertiary groups Release 8.4!
More work with higher education Develop .edu contacts Determine .edu needs Identify .edu conferences and workshops Interact with students
Develop .edu contacts Start a dialog • Find out what technology they teach • Provide information to them • Don't “sell” them, they are busy • Get information about their programs from their perspective
Determine .edu needs Talks with Staff, Professors and students What bugs them the most? What problems can PostgreSQL solve for them? • Remember, it isn't just using PostgreSQL in curriculum it is using PostgreSQL to solve technological (and budgetary) problems for the school
Major conferences and workshops The professional world is easy • OSCON • OpenSource World (prev. Linuxworld) • WEST/EAST (*flex*) • PgCon (Ottawa) • Ohio Linux Fest • Southern California Expo
Major Conferences part two Education is different • PostgreSQL does not currently present at: • Educause • SIGCSE etc... Convincing the future is proactive and helps build our base, growing from the ground up.
Interact with Students Host workshops at schools Conferences where students get in free Provide resources that are directly applicable • Best practices for relational design are not necessarily best practices for PostgreSQL design Free Curriculum Internships at PostgreSQL Companies
Continue to court developers! We can never have enough developers • We want more C hackers • We want more Perl hackers • We want more PHP hackers • We want more Python hackers • We do not need more LOLCode hackers • Hi Josh!
Court developers part two Reach out! • We want every utility, application, framework, and language driver Educate developers, with use cases why PostgreSQL is the best FOSS database. Insuring we are the most versatile and developed for platform benefits everyone in this community.
Further education of tertiary groups Convicing users of Drupal to use PostgreSQL is a good thing Finding more active developers to participate with pdo_pgsql is a good thing Participating in the DB API 3.0 (Python) specification is a good thing
Release 8.4 Hopefully with in place upgrades! (and then go to EAST)
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