Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Michael Stonebraker won the 2014 Turing Award, primarily for designing Ingres and University Postgres. His award lecture (video) covers the start of Postgres at Berkeley in 1985 and ends with his commercialization of Postgres at Illustra in 1996. The lecture explains why Stonebraker added many of the then-groundbreaking features to Postgres, the ideas that didn't work, and the failures that sent "code over the cliff".
The lecture includes Stonebraker expressing a "huge debt of gratitude" to the Postgres open source development community for making the code "so it really works." A transcript of this section is provided by Postgres95 developer Jolly Chen (affectionately referred to as Grumpy in the video).
The video also lists the 39 people involved in Postgres at Berkeley. While I have met several of them over the years, and read their source code comments, I had never seen a full list before. It might be appropriate to add this list to the Postgres documentation, perhaps in the 0.01 release notes.