The PostgreSQL Community: an introductory tour

Talk Type: 
45 Minute Talk
Technical Level: 
Creative Commons - Attribution Only

Are you new to PostgreSQL? Do you find the panopoly of mailing lists, chat channels, conferences, personalities, web sites, procedures, and sub-projects confusing or intimidating? Have you been getting nowhere trying to make contributions or get help through the community? Do the words "PGDG","core team", "commitfest", "PUG" and "contrib module" send you straight to Google? Then this talk is for you!

PostgreSQL is a 14-year-old project with a mature community of thousands of members, including its own conventions, culture, development procedures, and personalities. Navigating this -- or even understanding the terminology -- can be baffling for new people just joining. Core team member Josh Berkus will give you a whirlwind tour of the PostgreSQL project and its far-flung community which will let you find your feet and start asking questions where they will do some good, visiting:

  • History of the PostgreSQL project in 5 minutes or less
  • Web sites
  • Mailing lists and chat
  • PUGs
  • Non-profits and regional groups
  • The PostgreSQL development cycle
  • Cultural pachydermology