A Place to Learn
The Sydney PostgreSQL User Groups primary purpose is to provide a free environment where we can all gather together and share practical examples on how we can use PostgreSQL in real situations. The intention of this group is to get valuable information beyond what can be found in the User Guide. We are all literate and educated individuals so we know how to read, but what we may not necessarily know is how to solve extremely large and complex problems. Open source is great when we want to know the product from the inside, but unless we share our experiences, it can be hard to learn about how it can be used outside.
Free from Commercial Influence
Although the Sydney PostgreSQL has sponsors and accepts donations, the environment prohibits "plugging" any products or services in a Meetup. Any non-compliance will have the member banned for life. All presentations go through rigorous checks to ensure that the presenters provide value to all our members. Presentations must be free from marketing, hype and non-practical examples that look nice but do not work in the real world! When demonstrating a commercial, packaged product, it must be accessible to all unless it is either only a minor part of the solution or that the software will be given free of charge to all members. Educational institutions and non-profit organisations may promote their organisation providing that they present to the group and add value to our members.
Straight to the Point
We understand that attending a meeting means time away from work, family and other commitment. We also understand that your time here as a member is extremely valuable. Therefore, we will endeavor to do our best to ensure that all our meetups are well organized and free from verbiage. If you enjoy drinking and making friends, this is not the place to be... but I'm sure you will find a nice cozy pub across the road after our meetups.
Most of our meetups will be recorded and the slides will be available on our website to members. We welcome all international PostgreSQL users to join us and contribute to discussions or write articles that can be posted on our web site or published in the Sydpug Newsletter.
From the President
I am committed to ensuring that the Sydney PostgreSQL User Group becomes a great success and we are hoping to have over 1000 members who can share their experiences with one of the most advanced and underpromoted databases around. Feel free to invite other PostgreSQL professionals to join us. Whether you are a busy executive or a hard core developer, your time here will be well spent and I hope that you will be just as excited about using PostgreSQL as I am.
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