September Meeting Recap + Upcoming Events

Last week’s meeting will go down in PDXPUG history alongside such classics as Normalization Puppet Theater and the ever-popular Relational Algebra Cocktail Parties.

I’d just returned from PgOpen[1], where I’d attended Andrew Dunstan’s talk about JSON in 9.3, which included an overview of the fun and very useful functions now available in Pg 9.3. Andrew Kreps’ talk for PDXPUG featured an app he’d whipped up using the Instagram API, specifically to show off those functions. The app is either the ultimate Photobomb-assist, or ultimate Presentation Karaoke feed. We’re still deciding how to use it, but the real takeaway for me was that there are probably a lot of people very unaware of the type of information they’re making publicly available via Instagram. Also, approximately half of the photos taken in Portland are of food, and probably 70% of those are Voodoo Doughnuts-related [2].

Upcoming events:
PgConf.EU 29 Oct – 1 Nov 2013 in Dublin, Ireland
SQLSaturday 16 Nov 2013 in Portland, OR
CodeCamp 11 Jan 2014 in Portland, OR
SCALE 21-23 Feb 2014 in LA

1 – one of the lucky few to escape ORD on time
2 – these numbers are just SWAGs at this time; we’re waiting on the final statistical analysis.