What is #PGPSQLPhriday
For PGSQL Phriday #003 I asked us to consider the PostgreSQL community, what it means to us, and how we would get started as a new users.
I started this topic for #PGSQLPhriday with ulterior motives. I wanted to hear about the community from other people in the community so that I could find more ways to make to improve the PG community. Yes, I did just say community way too much!
I’ve worked in many different communities in my career and I love to help and support many communities. When I started in PG about 5 years ago I started looking for the community and unfortunately didn’t have the best experience finding it. Yes, I found the resources you will see listed below, but I didn’t *feel* like I had found the community.
I started attending conferences, communities usually shine at conferences more than anywhere else. Unfortunately at my first few conferences I still wasn’t really finding the community I was looking for. So I did what any average extroverted introvert does. I volunteered!
See I have a certain set of skills….
No not those skills….
I’ve helped to build a few communities and put on conferences in my “spare time”. So I figured I would volunteer to focus on ways to make the community better. 2 years into this role now and I feel a lot better about the community when I attend events. I hope we can greet so many new people to the community as well.
Ok, Mr. Long Winded! You haven’t answered the question?
What is the PG community to me?
The PG Community to me is a place where you can go to meet people that have gone through many of the same nightmares as you, meet people that want to reach out and help with your problems, people that will come to your aid when you have a down server or some sort of question you just can’t answer. The community is where you go when the engineers keep asking “I don’t understand why I can’t have 64 Jsonb fields on one table….I see no issue to query that directly with 100 million rows of data”. Or if you are the engineer asking this question come join the community and let us tell you how you can do it better.
Community is a resource and a group of people you learn with, and figure out solutions with, and while you are helping the community grow you are growing as well.
Second question? How do you get started?
Well that’s easy! Here is a step by step.
- Scroll to bottom of this page.
- Click on links.
- Join slack, a user group or attend a conference!
- Ask questions and help answer questions
- Perhaps present at a local user group! Or conference!
- Make millions of dollars!!!!! Ok for legal reasons let me be clear. This *may* not happen to you, but what if it does?
I look forward to growing the PG community with all of you! I hope that we can create a welcoming environment for the thousands of new Postgres specialists out there.
Listed below are my favorite resources related to the community. Sorted by my most used first.
PG Conferences – link to all PG Events.
Pg NYC –Amazing NYC conference.
PG Chicago 04-20-23 – First time Chicago event!