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PostgreSQL (Developer's Library) [Paperback]

Korry Douglas
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26 July 2005 0672327562 978-0672327568 2

The second edition of the best-selling PostgreSQL has been updated to completely cover new features and capabilities of the 8.0 version of PostgreSQL. You will be lead through the internals of the powerful PostgreSQL open source database chapter, offering an easy-to-read, code-based approach that makes it easy to understand how each feature is implemented, how to best use each feature, and how to get more performance from database applications. This definitive guide to building, programming and administering the powerful PostgreSQL open-source database system will help you harness one of the most widely used open source, enterprise-level database systems.


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  • Paperback: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 2 edition (26 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672327562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672327568
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.7 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second edition of the best-selling PostgreSQL has been updated to completely cover new features and capabilities of the 8.0 version of PostgreSQL. You will be lead through the internals of the powerful PostgreSQL open source database chapter, offering an easy-to-read, code-based approach that makes it easy to understand how each feature is implemented, how to best use each feature, and how to get more performance from database applications. This definitive guide to building, programming and administering the powerful PostgreSQL open-source database system will help you harness one of the most widely used open source, enterprise-level database systems.

About the Author

Korry Douglas is the Director of Research and Development for Appx Software. Over the last two decades he has worked on the design and implementation of an umber of high-level languages and development environments, and his work with a variety of database products (Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL and mSQL) given him a unique understanding of the commonalities of, and differences between, databases.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good 24 Sep 2005
By J. M.
Format:Paperback
It's a big book. In my experience that either means daunting, or brilliant. This is the latter. Very well written, everything's well explained, and it's easy to skip bits. I've been looking for a kick towards professional database design, (I'd call myself intermediate) from hacked db's in access and mysql - and this is it.
This would help a beginner, (except for the short section on installing it) get used to the basics of sql and databases in general, as well as providing a guide for practical, efficient / effective design. For the expert, this book seemingly covers every individual publicised feature of pgsql, and gives information on extending /customising postgresql from the source for ultimate performance etc.
Unlike my review, the book is extremely well written! Highly recommended. Especially for such a potentially complex topic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 19 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
If you have to do any work involving postgres I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
As a 4th year software engineering student I found this book invaluable in completing my honours dissertation.
As the previous reviewer said, it is very well written and starts with the real basics through to the most complicated issues. However, each chapter is reasonably independent of the last, so it is very easy to jump around different parts of the book without getting lost.
In particular the chapters on accessing postgres using different programming languages such as C, java, and perl are entirely self-contained and are well explained using several examples.
In summary, this is a perfect book for beginners right through to experts, buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading 1 Mar 2009
By G. Drew
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As with other reviewers, I have high praise for this book. It has a very good index that helps finding what you want quickly and the book is well structured so it is easy to jump around to find different topics.

Also at over 1000 pages it works out at only a few pence per page, so is excellent value for money in my opinion.

My only caveat about this book is that the typeface is very small. If, like me, you have bad eyesight then you might find yourself reaching for the magnifying glass quite often. But then if the typeface were any larger then I think this book would have to be split into two separate books as it would be so huge.

Overall I would recommend this book.
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