PDXPUG: November meeting next week

When: 6-8pm Thursday Nov 17, 2016
Where: iovation
Host: Jay R.
Topic: You pick!

We’ll do our last meeting of 2017 “Lean Coffee“-style . Throw your question/topic up and let’s see where the conversation goes!

If you have a job posting or event you would like me to announce at the meeting, please send it along. The deadline for inclusion is 5pm the day before the meeting.

Our meeting will be held at iovation, on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak). It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines. Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage; outdoors all around the block in the usual spots. No bikes in the office, sorry!

iovation provides us a light dinner (usually sandwiches or pizza).

Elevators open at 5:45 and building security closes access to the floor at 6:30.

See you there!

PDXPUG: October meeting in two weeks

When: 6-8pm Thursday October 20, 2016
Where: iovation
Who: Kristin Tufte
What: Urban Analytics: Connecting People to Data

Data from connected and automated vehicles, from connected intersections, positional or probe data from cell phones, crowd-sourced data, fixed-sensor vehicle speed and volume data, air quality data, and more… The list of data sources available to Smart Cities for use in Urban Analytics is almost endless. But data by itself is just data; what’s powerful is using data to solve people’s problems. This premise was central to the City of Portland’s – Ubiquitous Mobility for Portland proposal – one of seven finalists in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $40 million Smart City Challenge.

In this talk, Dr. Tufte will discuss possibilities for using data and analytics for solving people’s problems including technical, institutional and social barriers to such work. She will also talk about the Smart City Challenge itself – she was a core member of the team and will share insight into (really stories about) the process, the team, the work and the presentation in DC. In the end, Columbus, OH won the challenge, but Portland put together a great proposal and a great team and she’ll also talk about how she expects Portland to continue to move Smart Cities forward.

Dr. Kristin Tufte is a transportation data management expert with expertise in the application areas of transportation and smart cities. Dr. Tufte has collaborated closely with transportation agencies in the Portland-Vancouver area for the past ten years and manages PORTAL — the longest-running public transportation data archive in the nation. Dr. Tufte is a key member of the highly-regarded city-university partnership between Portland State University and City of Portland and was the data lead on the City of Portland’s Smart Cities proposal, one of seven finalists in the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. Dr. Tufte’s passion is using data and technology to change people’s lives.


If you have a job posting or event you would like me to announce at the meeting, please send it along. The deadline for inclusion is 5pm the day before the meeting.

Our meeting will be held at iovation, on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak). It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines. Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage; outdoors all around the block in the usual spots. No bikes in the office, sorry!

iovation provides us a light dinner (usually sandwiches or pizza).

Elevators open at 5:45 and building security closes access to the floor at 6:30.

See you there!

PDXPUG: September meeting

When: 6-8pm Thursday September 15, 2016
Where: iovation
Who: Toby Fee
What: Connecting Your Pg DB to Node Apps

Toby will tell us about his experiences connecting Postgres DBs to Node apps using the Node libraries Bookshelf and Knex. He ran into some of limitations on the node side, and wrote some methods for allowing full query flexibility while still remaining injection-secure.

Toby is currently a developer at NWEA.


If you have a job posting or event you would like me to announce at the meeting, please send it along. The deadline for inclusion is 5pm the day before the meeting.

Our meeting will be held at iovation, on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak). It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines. Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage; outdoors all around the block in the usual spots. No bikes in the office, sorry!

iovation provides us a light dinner (usually sandwiches or pizza).

Elevators open at 5:45 and building security closes access to the floor at 6:30.

See you there!

PDXPUG: August meeting in two days

When: 6-8pm Thursday August 18, 2106
Where: iovation
Who: Brian Panulla, Marty Zajac, Gabrielle Roth
What: ETL Throwdown (or up)

For August, we’re having a panel discussion on various ETL tools we’ve tried.
Brian: moving from bulk ETL to near real time ETL with Tungsten Replicator to replicate from MySQL to PostgreSQL and Solr
Marty: Pentaho
Gabrielle: CloverETL, home-grown solution using postgres_fdw, and a brief rant about Informatica if we have time.


If you have a job posting or event you would like me to announce at the meeting, please send it along. The deadline for inclusion is 5pm the day before the meeting.

Our meeting will be held at iovation, on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak). It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines. Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage; outdoors all around the block in the usual spots. No bikes in the office, sorry!

iovation provides us a light dinner (usually sandwiches or pizza).

Elevators open at 5:45 and building security closes access to the floor at 6:30.

See you there!

PDXPUG: 10th anniversary meeting tonight!

We’re having our 10th Anniversary meeting tonight!

As in previous years, I generated speaker & topic tag clouds:

When: 6-8:30pm Thursday July 21, 2016
Where: iovation
What: 10th Anniversary Social
This meeting is 100% social and will take the place of our regular July meeting.  iovation will provide a light dinner and beverages.  We will provide the conversation and reminiscing.  There will not be any long speeches, but there will be cupcakes.
iovation is on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak).  It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines.  Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage;  outdoors all around the block in the usual spots.  No bikes in the office, sorry!  Elevators open at 5:45 and building security closes access to the floor at 6:30.
See you there!

PDXPUG: July meeting – It’s Our 10th Anniversary!

When: 6-8:30pm Thursday July 21, 2016
Where: iovation
What: 10th Anniversary Social

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since OSCON 2006, when Selena and I spoke to Josh B about starting a user group.

And here we are.

This meeting is 100% social and will take the place of our regular July meeting. iovation will provide a light dinner and beverages. We will provide the conversation and reminiscing. There will not be any long speeches; there might be cupcakes.

iovation is on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak). It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines. Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage; outdoors all around the block in the usual spots. No bikes in the office, sorry! Elevators open at 5:45 and building security closes access to the floor at 6:30.

See you there!

PDXPUG: June meeting

When: 6-8pm Thursday June 16, 2016
Where: Iovation
Who: Josh Berkus
What: HA PostgreSQL Cluster In A Box

Josh Berkus, crazy container guy and core team member, will demonstrate high availability Postgres using a tiny rack of mini servers, just 12″ high. Not only is this a fun stunt, but the software and techniques used are ones which work on real servers. This stack includes PostgreSQL, Patroni, Kubernetes, Atomic Host, Docker, etcd, and a stack of Minnowboards. Learn to scale out PostgreSQL with containers. He may also be able to demo the new multi-master PostgreSQL.


If you have a job posting or event you would like me to announce at the meeting, please send it along. The deadline for inclusion is 5pm the day before the meeting.

Our meeting will be held at Iovation, on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak). It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines. Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage; outdoors all around the block in the usual spots. No bikes in the office, sorry!

Iovation provides us a light dinner (usually sandwiches or pizza).

Elevators open at 5:45 and building security closes access to the floor at 6:30.

See you there!