Moving PostgreSQL Forward
Robert has been involved in the PostgreSQL project since 2008, first as a patch reviewer and committer and a later as a major developer. Prior to that, he was a PostgreSQL application developer for nearly ten years. Features he has worked on include parallelism (9.4-9.6), the replacement of System V shared memory with anonymous shared memory (for 9.3), read and write scalability improvements (for 9.2), index-only scans (with Heikki Linnakangas and Ibrar Ahmed, for 9.2), unlogged tables (for 9.1), and left join removal (for 9.0). He works at EnterpriseDB as Chief Database Architect for the Database Server.
PostgreSQL has a reputation for developing features in a slow and methodical way, producing very high-quality work, but sometimes taking years before a particular feature reaches full maturity. Why does this happen? What impact does it have on PostgreSQL use and adoption? What would be required for the PostgreSQL development community to move faster?
- 20 min
- PGConf US 2017