Postgres Conference 2024 Speaker Spotlight: Dave Stokes

Debra Cerda    |    April 17, 2024

As part of the countdown to Postgres Conference 2024, learn more about the engaging content and our speakers for this year in our Speaker Spotlight Series.

Dave Stokes is author of "MySQL & JSON - A Practical Programming Guide," and serves as a Technology Evangelist for Percona, advocating for MySQL innovation and best practices.

Dave will present “MERGE() - A Quick Introduction”. Read what Dave has to say about Postgres and why to attend their session:

Why should attendees come to your talk at Postgres Conference 2024? What would you like for them to take away from your session?
I like to show attendees new facets on old tools and help beginners master the very steep learning curves of today's world.

What is your favorite aspect of Postgres Conference?
The hallway track.

What advice would you have for a Computer Science graduate or entry level developer who is interested in learning and engaging with Postgres and other open source technologies?
You learn by breaking and repairing. After awhile you can learn to minimize the breakage but never the repairing.
And when you go to a show like Postgres Conference 2024 and have an open slot in the schedule, go attend a session on a subject you know absolutely nothing about. You will either learn that you do not like the subject and have only spent an hour of your life on something that does not interest you, or you will find another rabbit hole to explore.

How do you see the use of open source technologies evolving over the next five years?
PostgreSQL will be the dominant database. Sadly license changes may push us back to a pre-open source era when you had minimal or no choices in software.
What considerations should be taken for the adoption and use of Postgres and related open source technologies?
It needs to be more robust. Better replication that is easier to set up, no XID wrap-around, and easy upgrades.

Additional comments?
This is a great show - make the most of your opportunities.

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