November 4th, 2009

Denormalize, optimize your datasets, and get relational with OpenSQL Camp

Denormalize, optimize your datasets, and get relational with OpenSQL Camp

Everyone knows that Portland loves the camps. BarCamps, WhereCamps, WordCamps. No matter the camp, we’ll have one here. It’s just a good cultural fit. And word around the campfire is that we might like the open source stuff a bit, as well.

But what you may not know is that we’ve got a fair number of people who enjoy the database geeking, too. And getting all crazy with the structured query language and whatnot. If only we could combine the Portland love of camps and open source with some of that database geekery. Now that would be a camp wouldn’t it?

Well, be ready to be rapt with joy, you denormalizing debutants. OpenSQL Camp is coming to Portland, November 14-15.

Much like OpenSQL Camp 2008 and the 2009 European edition, this will be an un-conference style get together for people interested in Open Source Databases. We are not focusing on any one project, and hope to see representatives from a variety of open source database projects attend. OpenSQL Camp is free and its format is designed to blend spontaneity with the quality and depth that comes only with pre-planning. We borrow a little from many different styles of conferences to achieve this. Our target audience are users and developers, but others are encouraged to attend too. There will be both presentations and hackathons, so there will be plenty of opportunities to learn, contribute, and collaborate!

Everything begins with a pre-party on the 13th and then moves to Souk for the camp on the 14th and 15th.

Like many camps the format is fairly open, so that attendees can fashion sessions and discussions on the fly, ensuring the most beneficial and enriching discussions for folks.

Sound interesting? It does, doesn’t it? Well get ready to hate me.

You see, I’ve got a bit of bad news. I’ve been a tad tardy in getting to this post. And, as such, they’ve already hit the fire code limit of 130 attendees. But you can always keep an eye on the attendee list and stay tuned to the Google Group to see if people drop off. (No word on whether there will be a live stream or not. But I remain hopeful that something will come together in that regard.)

And if you’re interested in supporting this great community, there’s still an opportunity to sponsor the event.

For more information, visit OpenSQL Camp, join the Google Group, or follow OpenSQL Camp on Twitter.

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