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PostgreSQL: Up and Running
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2012
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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on 22 April 2015
Another amazing how-to from Regina. If you've heard about PostgreSQL as an alternative to proprietary database offerings, and you were thinking of dipping a toe to see what's available under the hood, or, like me you have a fair amount of experience and were intrigued as to what else could be done with it (an interview coming up with a big PG component, in fact, in my case) there is something in here for everyone.

Regina is obviously an authority on her subject matter, and her enthusiasm and energy never falters in what could otherwise be quite a dry delivery of technical trick and tweak geekery, or worse yet an advert for open source software that never really scratches the surface. This book is neither. I can honestly say that this is the first valuable technical read I have ever had that I could read for the sheer joy of reading it, rather than having a fairly large sword hanging over my head that demands it.

My advice: get a kindle (or a kindle app, at a push), load up your essential technical texts so you can carry them around with you. Then treat yourself and get your horizons expanded by adding this one. Take a chapter before sleep as required.

An essential read if you have any interest whatsoever in database technology, open source or otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2012
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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on 29 May 2013
It's got some good material, but is rather short, and the examples are rather hard to read because they don't have entities with intrinsically meaningful names (well, not to this reader!)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
As others have noted, the book is relatively short, with links 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2013
Seems easy to read and has just the facts. I am sure this will come in very handy for a newbie to Postgres like me
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2012
Unfortunatly there are very few recent books for Postgres.
I got excited therefore when i saw his new book - but was surprised to find myself at the end of the book after about 45 minutes !
For over £10 - I expect at least a few hours reading.
Also i don't think i learnt anything - beginners with Postgres may find useful, definitly not for advanced users.
Please somebody write an advanced book for Postgres - especially aimed at its powerful development capabilities - all recent publications have been boring admin books - this one not quite so bad about 70% admin related.
The book is nicely written and good at extolling the virtues of this wonderful database, but is not very educational, because of its very limited and quite simple content.
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