There are many questions to which we don't have the answer;
there are very few questions to which no one has the answer.
A key to success in building and enhancing databases is "networking" in the
human sense of that word.
Building, enhancing, and administering today's complex IT products
mandates the use of all possible sources of information.
While vendor support is critical,
user groups offer an increasing rich supply of candid and practical
And the trading of war stories & best practices
benefits others and
one's own approaches fresh.
John Ashmead is co-organizer of the Macintosh Programming Special Interest Group (MPSIG),
and frequently speaks on Macintosh programming & related topics at the MPSIG & other programming groups.
John Ashmead is also co-organizer of the Philadelphia area PostgreSQl meetup,
and frequently speaks on PostgreSQL programming & related topics at the PostgreSQL meetup & other database groups.
In addition, he is generally active in the local tech community
and has provided database support for a number of startups
Many of the talks are up on Slideshare,
on subjects as
and "How to Destroy a Database".