Paul L. Snyder on 4 Apr 2017 07:15:03 -0700

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[PLUG] [plug-announce] Wed, Apr 5, 2017: PLUG Central - "Non-Relational Postgres" by Bruce Momjian (7pm at USP)

PLUG Central will be meeting on Wednesday, April 5, at USP in 
Philadelpha, beginning at 7pm. Directions to the meeting location 
at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia can be found at 
the end of this email. 

This month, PLUG West welcomes back Bruce Momjian, who will be
giving a talk on support for non-relational models in the
Postgres database server.  Bruce is co-founder and core team
member of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, and has worked
on PostgreSQL since 1996. 

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. 

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) 
Griffith Hall (Room "C" or "A", look for the signs) 
600 South 43rd Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495 

USP is located in University City. Driving directions are 
available at, or, both of which have an aerial 
view of the campus buildings. USP is also easily accessible by 
public transportation. 

For those attending PLUG Central, if you arrive and the doors are
locked you can call UCS's public safety number at 215.895.1117
and they will radio personnel in the guard booth or someone else
to unlock the door.  If you are asked who is sponsoring the
meeting you can say "Zhiwei Liu" in the Chemistry department.

There will be an open Question & Answer session at 7PM, prior to 
the main presentation at 8PM. This is an open meeting; all are 
welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Usually, a number of members get together after the meeting at a 
nearby restaurant for food and perhaps a beer or two. Come join 
the camaraderie! 
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