Álvaro Herrera, and Boriss Mejías, both longtime members of the Postgres developer community, explore the value of giving conference talks—as well as the work involved, the time it takes, and the many different types of conference talks, including presentations about about failure and things that have gone wrong.
Claire and Pino guide the conversation on questions like: Should you add humor to your talks? How does your personality—introvert or extrovert—affect your conference presentations? Is it OK to give the same conference talk at different events?
Some of the links mentioned in the order they appeared:
- Postgres Storytelling: Support in the Darkest Hour: Boriss’ Citus Con talk
- A Curious Moon book by Rob Conery
- Tomas Vondra's talks on YouTube
- pgDay Paris 2022
- FOSDEM PostgreSQL devroom
- FOSDEM PGDAY 2023
- Nordic PGDay 2022
- PGConf.EU 2022
- LFMF: How a CREATE INDEX CONCURRENTLY led to a 6 hour downtime by Gunnar "Nick" Bluth
Creators and Guests
Claire Giordano is head of the Postgres & Citus open source community initiatives at Microsoft. Claire has served in leadership roles in engineering, product management, and product marketing at Sun Microsystems, Amazon/A9, and Citus Data. At Sun, Claire managed the engineering team that created Solaris Zones, and led the effort to open source Solaris.
Pino de Candia
Pino de Candia is a software dev manager at Microsoft since 2020 and is currently working on the Citus open source project. Pino previously worked on the managed PostgreSQL database service in Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL, which includes Citus on Azure support for distributed PostgreSQL. Pino has lived in New Orleans since 2017.
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