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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne; 1 edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071485627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071485623
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.1 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,530,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The easiest way to set up a PostgreSQL database server on Windows

Get up-and-running on PostgreSQL quickly using this hands-on guide. Filled
with real-world examples, PostgreSQL 8 for Windows offers you practical,
step-by-step details on installing, configuring, and using PostgreSQL
8--the full-featured, open-source database management system--on Windows
platforms. You'll learn to administer, secure, and tune your database and
use SQL. You'll also discover how to interface Microsoft Access, Microsoft
.NET, Visual C++, and Java with the PostgreSQL database.

Install and configure PostgreSQL 8 on Windows
Customize your system using the configuration files
Work with the utilities
Administer your database from the pgAdmin III graphical interface
Use the psql command line program to manually execute SQL commands
Take advantage of built-in functions or create your own stored procedures
and triggers
Implement tested security measures
Maintain optimal database performance
Access a PostgreSQL database from a Microsoft Access application and
migrate Access databases to PostgreSQL
Create .NET, Visual C++, and Java applications that interface with your
PostgreSQL server

About the Author

Richard Blum has worked for more than 18 years in the IT field as a network and systems administrator. During this time he has worked with database servers in UNIX, Linux, Novell, and Microsoft servers.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on 26 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
I want to understand postgres and databases and perhaps do a system set up on windows This is a great book for that. It has an excellent introduction in a fairly non-technical way to what can be a very dry subject(i know - i have a few other unread books on databases). Once past introduction and installation it falls back to the fairly standard format of list of commands and what they do. The first 2 chapters gets 5 stars and i'd give the rest of the book 4 stars since it matches other similar books as a good reference and it does focus on windows, a product area most open source experts seem to treat with disdain.

So why only 3 stars ?

God !

I do not understand why publishers of supposedly fact based books allow multiple dedications to imaginary supernatural beings. Firstly it probably makes the book un-sellable in territories where they believe in equally false but alternative imaginary beings and secondly I really did not want to buy this book because of the sanctimonious dedications.

Only the excellent first chapter got me past that but i still have some regrets about supporting such outdated beliefs in any way.
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A good overview 6 April 2007
By MattK - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was interested in learning a bit about PostgreSQL, and coming from a SQL Server background on Windows systems, this seemed like a good place to start (I will pick up some more Linux knowledge another day). The book provides a good overview of components and processes, and for someone with experience in other database platforms, the material makes a good bridge.

It will probably not provide much new information to a PostgreSQL "expert", but that is not likely the intended audience. Basic admin topics are covered , as well as some development examples in MS Access, .NET, C++, and Java.

A highlight for me was the discovery of some SQL methods in PostgreSQL that were only supported in the latest release of MS SQL Server, and a few that still are not.
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Read the manual instead! 14 April 2010
By Christopher Malins - Published on
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This book is largely an illustrated cut-down version of the manual for all important sections. I recommend saving yourself the money, biting the bullet and reading the (free!) PostgreSQL manual instead. I'd be very surprised if you need this book after doing so. Overall, a waste of money.
Missed Server Side Functions 9 Aug 2010
By Tim Child - Published on
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The book is a useful introduction to PostgreSQL on Windows. It covers the basics of PostgreSQL on the Windows platform. For C# programming it covers Npgsql. For Visual C++ it covers using libpq programming. What the book misses is using VC++ for building server side functions. For those who know about PostgreSQL much of its power and extensibility comes from using Server-side C functions. These can be built with VC++ and Visual Studio. For this book I view it as a big miss, but I still bought the book anyway.
Worth every penney 19 Sep 2012
By David E. Rogers - Published on
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This does not have as much material as Douglas and Douglas' PostgreSQL, but it is geared specifically for Windows and has all the essentials.
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