Last Saturday I’d the pleasure of visiting Casa de Convalescencia in Barcelona to attend NoSQL Matters 2012 Barcelona edition, however it was not a long events the set of selected papers where mind blowing, also the location help a lot. Before continuing with the recap of the talks, would love to say thanks a lot to the organization for giving me the option to collaborate with theme as a program committee member.
The day starts with a cool opening talk by JAO, who was introducing us their nice start-up bigml.com, a cool service showing the power of the Catalan start-up community, without nothing to envy cool places like Berlin, etc.. As always JAO gave us some interesting quotes everyone should think about it.
#mat12 Ruiz:”we choosed mongoDB because..well I don’t know..perhaps the name was cool…;-)”
“It s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission” but do not “better safe than sorry” Jao about how he uses consistency #mat12
Thanks to @edlich and @fceller
After that the regular talks started, so in my case I was supposed to moderate the little room where most of the use cases where going to be presented. We started with a cool talk, but that would need more time to be correctly communicated, by Pavlo Baron who spoke to us about distributed system and DynamoDB, I’m starting to think that this guy dream with this systems he really have lots of knowledge.
After Pavlo some coffee break with some food was supposed to be served, but I was late and found no more food, bad ideas as far as I had no breakfast and I was starving, but in Barcelona there are still nice “Bakerai” so I grab an awesome Serrano jam sandwich, something hard to get in Berlin!.
Now, so then, was time for a couple of talks more, this time with David Arcos from Catchoom who have us an introduction to their use case of nosql technologies. Regarding this talk I’ve to say it was quite interesting, specially cause here started the flow of 2k references to redis as one of the most references databases during this Saturday, on the other site the product they presented looks quite interesting and would love to give it a try.
After David was time for Michael to spoke us about Cassandra and real time, my feeling with this talk can be easy described as a cool introduction to the features of Cassandra, but probably to much in deep with theory. Although it’s important to notice I’ve learn a lot from this talk so I will probably consider using Cassandra whenever I need to be close by “real time”.
The penultimate talk of this edition that I attended was the talk about ArangoDB by Martin Schönert, really like the community of hackers around Cologne, looks really promising. As far as the competition within the NoSQL market is really huge you always take a look to the most famous ones, but this one is also a good idea to test, I will do it on the next months for sure.
We’re reaching time for the last talk of the day, and as far as I’m not really fair, it was one of the best ones I’ve heard during today’s event. Marc Pous gave us an introduction to open city’s and how they analyse the way we’re using the city transportation systems so managers can understand and look for better ways of using it. Specially love some quotes he gave us as:
We should use citizens as a sensors.
Be pragmatic and use whatever is better for every use case.
I also loved that his video from the 11 of September rally in Barcelona, proud of it.
I really enjoyed being there, and the opportunity to join this adventure and perform the first NoSQL conference in town, had lots of fun meeting colleges and friends from Barcelona and all the world, attending great talks et all. However cause of we’re staying in Igualada, to visit even more friends and family, I could not attend the night party, hope every one had lots of fun there.
Looking forward to see you again next year in Cologne, or if possible, again in Barcelona!
I’m not sure if just the Catalan/Spanish speaking people will understand this, but my feeling about this weekend is more or less like this: