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This year, as part of the Citus Data annual team retreat and hackathon, we decided to get ambitious and try to create an easy, 1-click migration to the Citus distributed database. My team was lucky enough to get Dimitri Fontaine, the author of the excellent PostgreSQL pgloader utility, so we decided to start our hackathon project by building on top of pgloader and making pgloader more Citus-aware.

For those of you not familiar with Citus—Citus is an extension to PostgreSQL that transforms Postgres into a distributed database. We make Citus available as open source (star us on GitHub!), as enterprise software you can run anywhere, and as a fully-managed database as a service.

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Craig Kerstiens

Citus Data internal hackathon roundup

Written byBy Craig Kerstiens | March 26, 2018Mar 26, 2018

At Citus Data, we regularly get the team together, because even with an engineering team that is distributed around the globe, face-to-face time is valuable to connecting and collaborating. During our team offsites, we often organize engineering hackathons to proof out new ideas, learn new things, or just for fun. We recently completed one of our Citus hackathons and thought we’d share some of what we built.

The theme of our hackathon this time was on building the ultimate dashboard for our Citus extension to Postgres. For Postgres, there are lots of options out there for capturing and displaying insights into your database. You could use New Relic, Vivid Cortex, or something entirely open source like pghero. But we wanted to explore the question, what more could we provide?

Our two teams took two very different approaches, but each emerged with something interesting that we hope to continue to build on and productize in the future. In case you’re curious, here’s a look at each of the projects from our hackday:

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