Greetings from Κεφαλονιά!
I spent last week in beautiful Bordeaux, France, attending EuroSys 2015 and the affiliated PaPoC workshop. This was my first EuroSys, as well as my first nontrivial trip to France, and I had a tremendously good time. I served on the PaPoC program committee and got to chair a session at the workshop as well.1
It was a very well-attended workshop — we filled the room and even had to bring in extra chairs! Here are a couple of talks that I particularly liked.
So there’s this website called DB-Engines that ranks database systems according to their popularity. (They determine popularity based on various factors, including number of Google results for the name of that system, number of Stack Overflow questions about it, number of appearances in LinkedIn profiles, and so on.)
This year, for the second year in a row, my friends and I are organizing !!Con (pronounced bang bang con), a conference about the joy, excitement, and surprise of programming. !!Con is a conference with “a mission of radical inclusivity” where all the talks are ten minutes long1 and cover a bewilderingly wide range of topics.