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Interview with Lætitia Avrot


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Could you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Lætitia Avrot (which is quite difficult to say for non-French people and I blame my parents for that). I am a PostgreSQL recognized contributor, PostgreSQL Europe board member and Postgres Women co-founder. I work at EDB as a Field CTO. A Field CTO helps the CTO with deeply technical questions.

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

I write some patches, help with the translation into French, give conf talk on technical topics, volunteer to help at events, blog about things I have to constantly explain… There are so may things anyone can do to help the community and it’s very difficult to say no when I’m asked for help!

Have you enjoyed previous PostgreSQL Europe conferences, either as an attendee or as a speaker? (PGConf.EU, FOSDEM PGDay, Nordic PGDay, pgDay Paris, PGConf.DE)

I think I’ve already been a speaker to all of those events. I love PostgreSQL Europe events because we can have good beers with friends (in particular at FOSDEM PGDay)! Even though you’re not into beer (as I was 5 years ago), you need to meet the community at events to create a nice network of trusting people you can ask questions to!

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

I will be talking about running Postgres with Kubernetes using the Open Source operator Cloud Native PG. When I was a consultant, my favorite answer to any question was “it depends”. When people ask me if they should run Postgres on Kubernetes, my answer is still “it depends” and in this talk I will try to explain why it depends.

What is the audience for your talk?

I try to talk both to experimented DBA with no clue about what Kubernetes is and how good it can be and to DevOps with no clue about what an RDBMS is and what challenges it brings to the Kubernetes world.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

I always try to not have a too high entry barrier. That’s why I might quickly explain things you already know (like ACID properties for DBAs, or what a container is for DevOps people). That’s the diffiulty when speaking at the same time to people with different skills and knowledges.

What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 15 which you like most?

Of course, like with every new verison of Postgres, I’m very excited about performance improvements! Each time it feels impossible to get better and each time the PGDG find way to improve the code! I think it’s amazing!

Which other talk at this year’s conference would you like to see?

There are so many that I will have a problem because I won’t be able to attend them all! I’m very curious about Sarah Haïm-Lubczanski’s talk about how to make Postgres documentation better. This is something the community could take a lot of benefits out of.

Will Postgres live forever?

Of course, it will!