This month we we will be giving two mini-tutorials at PgCon East 2010 on Saturday, March 27th.
The topic of the talks will be, you guessed it, PostGIS. We have changed our Beyond talk to PostGIS: Adding spatial support to PostgreSQL
to a beginner focus instead of an intermediate focus. Topic content will be more or less the same but focused more on people new to spatial database analysis. Our web applications talk will cater more to the web developer trying to integrate PostGIS in their web applications.
On a somewhat related note, we also hope to be finished with all the chapters of our upcoming book
this month. We just completed the first draft of our Chapter 10: PostgreSQL Add-ons and ancillary tools. After some back and forth with our editor, this will
be up on MEAP, available for read and comments for early book buyers. Still two more chapters to finish after that before we get to the polishing
of the text, images, layout and final print version.
Our publisher Manning is running a 50% off sale this Friday (tomorrow or is it today) on any MEAP book and they have a lot of interesting ones in the pipeline (including ours).
For starters, I am pretty tired of the following sentiments from some PostgreSQL people:
99% of the people who choose varchar(x) over text in PostgreSQL in most cases
are just ignorant folk and don't realize that text is just as fast if not faster than varchar in PostgreSQL.
stuff your most despised database here compatibility is not high on my priority list.
It is unfortunate you have to work with the crappy tools you work with that can't see the beauty in PostgreSQL text implementation.
Just get something better that treats PostgreSQL as the superior creature it is.