As a PostgreSQL Major Contributor, I sometimes get to speak at conferences. Here you will find the list of talks I’ve been doing, with the slides available as PDF.

PGDay FR 2014

Le PGDay France est un moment de rencontres et de conférence pour la communauté francophone de PostgreSQL. Les conférences s’adresses à tous les utilisateurs du logiciel : étudiants, administrateur systèmes, DBA, développeurs, chefs de Projets, décideurs, etc

Une présentation de pgloader, utilitaire de chargement de données qui prend égalemment en charge des migrations complètes depuis MySQL ou encore MS SQL Server™.

7th European Lisp Symposium

The purpose of the European Lisp Symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of all aspects of design, implementation and application of any of the Lisp and Lisp-inspired dialects, including Common Lisp, Scheme, Emacs Lisp, AutoLisp, ISLISP, Dylan, Clojure, ACL2, ECMAScript, Racket, SKILL, Hop and so on. We encourage everyone interested in Lisp to participate.

A lightning talk about pgloader and why I chose to rewrite it enterily, switching from Python to Common Lisp. TL;DR — I wanted a Modern Programming Language.

PGConf NYC 2014

PGConf US is a non-profit conference hosted run by the United States PostgreSQL Association. This conference is part of the effort to grow the PostgreSQL community by increasing awareness and providing the appropriate training and resources to further PostgreSQL adoption

The PostgreSQL for Developers talk begins with a simple use case for developers to solve entirely in SQL. Discover SQL window functions if you don’t know them already, and then see about advanced PostgreSQL stuff such as ranges.

Nordic PostgreSQL Day 2014

Nordic PostgreSQL Day 2014 is an excellent chance to learn more about the worlds most advanced open source database. Whether you use PostgreSQL professionally, poke at it on your spare time or hack on the internals, Nordic PGDay will have something for you.

PostgreSQL is YeSQL! is a presentation that targets developers and show some advanced SQL everybody should be familiar with… but usually aren’t.

PostgreSQL FOSDEM 2014

PostgreSQL FOSDEM 2014 is an extension to the regular PostgreSQL devroom at FOSDEM, and cover topics for PostgreSQL users, developers and contributors, and anybody else interested in PostgreSQL

This talk is about Advanced Uses Cases for PostgreSQL Extensions. It shows how to use extensions to solve practical problems such as geolocation or text indexing for auto-completion.

PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2013

PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2013 was held on October 29-November 1 in Dublin, Ireland, at the Conrad Dublin hotel. It delivered three days packed with presentations about PostgreSQL and related technologies, one day of extended trainings, and the usual hallway and social track!

The first talk covers migrating from MySQL to PostgreSQL in a single command line thanks to pgloader, your migration companion.

The second talk is a 3 hours-long tutorial about Writing and Using PostgreSQL Extensions, covering all the aspects from create extension to writing a PostgreSQL datatype in C, and implementing the indexing API. It’s easier than you thought!

Open World Forum 2013

Open World Forum est le premier sommet européen rassemblant les décideurs, les communautés, les développeurs pour cross-fertiliser les initiatives technologiques, économiques et sociétales ouvertes, afin de bâtir le futur du numérique. L’événement a été fondé en 2008 et se tient désormais chaque année à Paris, avec plus de 200 orateurs venus de 40 pays et une audience internationale attendue de 3000 participants en 2013.

Une présentation qui montre que PostgreSQL est déjà web-scale, avec un rappel de l’histoire du projet et quelques exemples pratiques montrant des cas d’usages modernes de PostgreSQL.


OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. In the early days, this trailblazing O’Reilly event was focused on changing mainstream business thinking and practices; today OSCON is about how the close partnership between business and the open source community is building the future. That future is everywhere you look.

The migration of a complex system and architecture from MySQL and Java to PostgreSQL and PHP, with plenty details about the context and the trade-offs that were made in the process. Also, full description of a PostgreSQL Cluster of 16-nodes, with High-Availability and Read and Write Load-Balancing implemented.


Portland Postgres Users Group meet the third Thursday of every month at Iovation. Our regular meetings tend to be pretty casual affairs; presentations often evolve into a conversation or problem-solving session. A list of past talks can be found on the Postgres wiki:

The PostgreSQL for Developers talk begins with a simple use case for developers to solve entirely in SQL. Discover SQL window functions if you don’t know them already, and then see about advanced PostgreSQL stuff such as ranges.

SFPUG Meeting

The San Francisco PostgreSQL User Group meet in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.

A presentation of Skytools version 3, the replication toolset from Skype that includes Londiste and PGQ.

Dimitri Fontaine

PostgreSQL Major Contributor

Open Source Software Engineer