Google doubling down on AI

We just came back from our visit to Mountain View to attend Google IO 2024 in person. For Manfred it has been a flashback to the days of regular IO attendance as GDG leader and heavily involved Android developer and open source community member. For Lukas it was the first bigger conference as university student, and his first visit to the Googleplex, thanks to our friend, host, and guide Matthew McCullough.

Two days of attending keynotes and sessions, and numerous chats with our peers left us with lots of impressions that we discussed and talked about and want to share with you all.

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It’s showtime, it’s IO time

It has been a long time that spring time has marked the moment to get ready for the Google IO developer conference for me. Its been many years since I last went to the conference. It started with IO 2009 and many presentations and lightning talks at AnDevCon conferences for me. The buzz and vibe in these beginning days Android is full of fond memories for me. Now in 2024, and it’s time to go back.

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Recap about DET meetup and Open Source Summit in Seattle

It has already been over week since I got back from Seattle, where I attended the Open Source Summit NA in the beautiful convention centre. In the same trip I also presented at the Data Engineer Things group’s inaugural meeting in Bellevue. Both events were very successful for Starburst as sponsor of my trip, Trino as the open source SQL query engine I talk about, and myself as a learning participant in many talks and great conversations.

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Meeting old and new friends in Seattle

Manfred at Open Source Summit NA 2023

Wow, has it really been a year that I went to Open Source Summit NA in Vancouver? Turns out this year the event is again close to me, and across the water from Victoria, BC. With that in mind I will take the opportunity to meet many old and new friends from the open source community again at the Open Source Summit NA 2024 in Seattle.

The summit is always an aggregation of many communities with an open source focus and extending into different topics. The range of these is truly impressive, and spans topics for everyone. I will dip into all the communities I have been involved in over the years including security and software supply chain, OSPOs and open source leadership, big data and AI, cloud, CD/DevOps and others. Mainly I will be there representing Trino and Starburst and connect to users in hallway chats. If you want to meet, just contact me.

On Thursday, after all the action of the summit, I will hop on over to the Data Engineer Things meetup and present a Big Data Whirlwind Tour, with a Trino and personal experience perspective. I will bring some copies of my book Trino: The Definitive Guide and be available for question before, during, and after the meeting. Really looking forward to it.

Personal takeaways from Open Source Summit

Two weeks ago I was asked to go to Open Source Summit North America 2023 in Vancouver on short notice. Last week I took a beautiful floatplane ride in the morning to get there from my home on Vancouver Island. Fast, scenic, downtown to downtown, and in fact a good price when you try alternatives. I arrived perfectly in time for day one of the conferences and started out with attending the keynotes. And after three awesome days I made my way back home in a Twin Otter plane again.

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Trino guide for everyone in 2023

It has been a bit over two months now and our book Trino: The Definitive Guide has been spreading like wildfire in the Trino community. Starburst has sponsored the digital copy for everyone, so you can get your free PDF for yourself easily. And at the recent Trino Summit and Trino Contributor Congregation we were able to distribute and sign hardcopies as well. So the knowledge about Trino is spreading. But another wave is planned for 2023!

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Trino The Definitive Guide 2nd edition

It is done. After weeks of updating, verifying, and working with the awesome team at O’Reilly, the second edition of Trino: The Definitive Guide is now about to go into print. You can already preorder the new version on, and other vendors. By next week you should be able to get at least a digital copy. And if you get yourself to Trino Summit 2022 in San Francisco, you can drop by the Starburst booth for a chat with Martin, Matt, and myself and get a signed hardcopy.

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