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PostgreSQL: Up and Running [Paperback]

Regina O. Obe , Leo S. Hsu
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21 July 2012 1449326331 978-1449326333 1

Thinking of migrating to PostgreSQL? This updated guide helps you quickly understand and use the 9.3 release of this open source database system. You’ll not only learn about its unique enterprise-class features, but also discover that PostgeSQL is more than just a database system—it’s also an impressive application platform.

Using numerous examples, this book shows you how to achieve tasks that are difficult or impossible in other databases. The second edition covers LATERAL queries, augmented JSON support, materialized views, and other key topics. If you’re an existing PostgreSQL user, you’ll pick up gems you may have missed along the way.

  • Learn basic administration tasks, such as role management, database creation, backup, and restore
  • Apply the psql command-line utility and the pgAdmin graphical administration tool
  • Explore PostgreSQL tables, constraints, and indexes
  • Learn powerful SQL constructs not generally found in other databases
  • Use several different languages to write database functions
  • Tune your queries to run as fast as your hardware will allow
  • Query external and variegated data sources with Foreign Data Wrappers
  • Learn how to replicate data, using built-in replication features

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (21 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449326331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449326333
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Practical Guide to the Advanced Open Source Database

About the Author

Regina Obe is a co-principal of Paragon Corporation, a database consulting company based in Boston. She has over 15 years of professional experience in various programming languages and database systems, with special focus on spatial databases. She is a member of the PostGIS steering committee and the PostGIS core development team. Regina holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She co-authored PostGIS in Action.

Leo Hsu is a co-principal of Paragon Corporation, a database consulting company based in Boston. He has over 15 years of professional experience developing and thinking about databases for organizations large and small. Leo holds an MS degree in engineering of economic systems from Stanford University and BS degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He co-authored PostGIS in Action.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says on the cover 30 Sep 2012
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I'm a MySQL user wondering about other open source options (and wondering where Oracle is going to take MySQL) and this book was a good introduction to modern PostgreSQL and what's good/different about it.

I already have some PostgreSQL books but they are for older versions - I wanted a good introduction including some of the 9.x features, and this book didn't disappoint.

It is a short text - but it is about "Up and Running" - and that's exactly what you get. It's good for giving you ideas (and links to where you can find out more) - so it touches on lots of things and if you are interested, you'll know where to go to find out more.

There's no padding to boost up the page count.

If you are looking for an in-depth tome on every feature - this won't be the book for you. If you want an introduction to SQL, it's not here. BUT if you want something easy-to-read that gives you a good overall feel for PostgreSQL and what it is capable of - buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right amount of information for me 17 Sep 2012
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I have just started using PostgreSQL. Having tome experience with other databases, I just needed to get an overview of what Postgres was about and what it is capable of doing. The format of this book is perfect for that - no in depth tutorials, no explanation of what a database is, and no deep SQL theory. It is a great overview with references to where you get more information. It is excellent at describing what makes Postgres unique and better and points you in the right direction for getting the most out of the database.

Great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but no index 22 Feb 2013
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Format:Paperback
As others have noted, the book is relatively short, with link to the official documentation are sprinkled liberally throughout.

The best way of describing this book is (to borrow a phrase Donald Rumsfeld) that it turns unknown unknowns into known unknowns. There is enough information here to whet your appetite as to what Postgres is capable of but I wouldn't for a second suggest that you do many of the things they are showing you without reading the official documentation (even if it is technically possible, you would have such large holes in your understanding that it would be a recipe for disaster.) Before I read this book, I was administering several Postgres servers but doing nothing that couldn't be achieved in other databases (MySQL for example). This book showed me various tricks and Postgres specific commands that I would otherwise have not known existed.

Given its use as a tour of Postgres rather than a reference, the omission of an index might be almost justified. I have however been left frustrated on more than one occasion where I knew something was in the book but couldn't find it easily. There is a table of contents, but it just doesn't cut it. It is for that reason that I knocked it down a star. If you are happy without an index, or are reading an ebook edition with search, you can add a star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but has errors 16 Oct 2012
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Very good book for those starting to work with Postgre SQL or those moving from MYSQL to Postgre SQL however there are a lot of errors in the book, it is worth checking on the author's website to help solve any confusion
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