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Bruce Momjian, co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development team, will be in Chicago and has graciously offered to speak to our Meetup group Thursday, April 14, 2016. He'll be talking about non-relational Postgres (see below).

We'll be meeting in the same NEW place at 6:00 PM:

175 W Jackson Blvd 5th Floor Chicago, IL 60604 Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Of course, we'll have beer, soda, and pizza; great conversation. We do ask that you arrive as close to 6:00 PM as you possibly can. Please enter through the Jackson Blvd entrance, as the other entrances will be closed after hours. If you do happen to arrive later than 6:15 PM, please call[masked] when you arrive so we can send a runner to meet you.

Sheldon E. Strauch

Non-Relational Postgres

Postgres has always had strong support for relational storage. However, there are many cases where relational storage is either inefficient or overly restrictive. This talk shows the many ways that Postgres has expanded to support non-relational storage, specifically the ability to store and index multiple values, even unrelated ones, in a single database field. Such storage allows for greater efficiency and access simplicity, and can also avoid the negatives of entity-attribute-value (EAV) storage. The talk will cover many examples of multiple-value-per-field storage, including arrays, range types, geometry, full text search, XML, JSON, and records.

About Bruce Momjian

Bruce Momjian is co-founder and a core team member of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and has worked on PostgreSQL since 1996. Bruce is employed by EnterpriseDB. Previously, he was employed by SRA Japan and other PostgreSQL support companies. He has spoken at many international open-source conferences and is the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Prior to his involvement with PostgreSQL, Bruce worked as a consultant developing custom database applications for some of the world's largest law firms. As an academic, Bruce holds a Masters in Education, was a high school computer science teacher, and is currently an adjunct professor at Drexel University.