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Database talks at OSDC 2014 Gold Coast

Open Query Engineer Daniel Black and Engineer/Trainer Peter Lock will be presenting sessions at the upcoming Open Source Developers’ Conference which is hosted at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, 4-7 November 2014.

I also spotted

which should be very interesting as well. There many be more still, there are lots of sessions!

Full conference tickets cost less than $300 and include the lunches as well as the conference dinner, and all the tutorials/workshops in the main conference. Speaking from experience, OSDC is always great with good talks and excellent people to chat with.

With the conference over, the session videos are now online!

On SQL vs No-SQL

The No-SQL tag really lumps together a lot of concepts that are in fact as distinct from eachother as they are from SQL/RDBMS.

An object store is not at all similar to Cassandra and Hypertable, which is not at all like an column store. And when looking at BigTable derivatives, it’s quite important to realise that Google actually does joins in middle layers or apps, so while BigTable does not have joins, the apps essentially do use them – I’ve heard it professed that denormalising everything might be a fab idea, but I don’t quite believe in that for all cases, just like I don’t believe in ditching the structured form of RDBMS being the solution.

SQL/RDBMS has had a few decades of dominance now, and has thus become the great “general purpose” tool. With the ascent of all the other tools, it’s definitely worthwhile to look at them, but also realise that each (inluding SQL based ones) have their place. Moving all your stuff wholesale from one to the other is probably a fail.

At the recent OpenSQL Camp in Portland, Brian Aker did a short (7 minute) talk, covering some of these aspects, with a humerous angle. It’s educational, and fun!

OpenSQL Camp Portland OR, 14-15 Nov 2009

OpenSQL Camp Portland 2009 is coming up on the 14th and 15th of November. Eric Day (of the Drizzle project) is the lead organiser this time around.

I went to the first edition in Charlottesville VA last year which was organised by Baron Schwartz (Percona). It was a great event, like other unconferences but with specific focus on database technologies. Monty (MySQL), Brian (Drizzle), Richard (SQLite), Jim (Interbase/Firebird/Falcon), Bruce (PostgreSQL) were all these, as were various storage engine builders. Very interesting, and lots of informal fun. If you’re anywhere near, do go!

Even though noone from our gang is able to make it to this one, Open Query is sponsoring this event – for all the above reasons. It rocks and deserves every support.