I really enjoyed PostgreSQL Conference WEST this year. It’s a shame I didn’t have a little more time to explore Seattle, however; it looks like a nice city.
There were a lot of great talks. Scott Bailey’s temporal data talk was excellent, of course — but I’m not an impartial observer, I expressed enthusiasm before the conference began. Another talk that I found very interesting was Bill Karwin’s talk on practical object oriented models in SQL. The talk was well-researched and the points were made very clearly, although I would have liked to see a little more depth. There was some audience discussion, and I’d like to see the points hashed out in a little more detail.
I’m always excited to present the projects that I’m working on, and this conference was no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed discussing Operator Exclusion Constraints, the new feature that I’m writing for PostgreSQL 8.5 that enables “temporal keys”. Slides are here — I’ll write in more detail in another article. I was pleased with the audience participation and questions during the talk, and I hope that everyone enjoyed listening to me as much as I enjoyed speaking.
Slides for my talk on extensibility are available here.