Practical PostgreSQL Paperback – 17 Jan 2002
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"...provides an excellent introduction to Postgresql for both newbies, and intermediate users...Overall rating: 9/10." -- Daniel C. Hanks, Provo Linux Users Group, 7 Aug, 2002
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Practical PostgreSQL is not targetted at the "power SQL users" who already know SQL inside and out. Instead, it focuses on users who are new to PostgreSQL, and who have slight to moderate SQL experience. Consequently, advanced programming in languages such as PHP, C, and C++ are not covered in this book. (There are included, however, a short introductory chapter on JDBC, and a chapter on Command Prompt's commercial web language, LXP).
The most consistently reported flaw in the first edition has been the lack of a comprehensive index. While this has been noted for the second edition, internet users may refer to Command Prompt's website for a complete, on-line edition of the book, along with a search-interface to quickly locate topics not found in the Index.See all Product description
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Books published by O'Reilly used to have a reputation for expanding on freely available documentation in an insightful and well edited manner. However, O'Reilly's recent titles have been little better than the insipid "... For Dummies" series.
Advanced sections such as programming PostgreSQL and using triggers etc mean that by the time you finish reading you are at a good intermediate level and can make use of the command reference at the back to look up any additional details that you need.
Working with the book
In working with the book, the table of contents and index are a bit thin. For me, this led to often having to browse through the pages. That makes the book a bit impractical for reference use.
Little more than basic install, admin and SQL knowledge
The material inside does cover a reasonable amount of knowledge useful in installing PostgreSQL and the basic administrative jobs involved. It also deals with SQL, although I found it to be of a rather basic level that I fear many will outgrow quickly.
A plug for LXP?
The book seems to deal a considerable amount of space to LXP, a commercial product developed by the authors. The chapter describing it is one of the longest in the book. I did not find this very useful and would rather have seen more advanced SQL material.
the chapter on LXP is a waste of time, it is only of passing interest and belongs on the web not in a book.
the index is also useless, there's no entry for "cursors" or "keys"!?!...
I would have like a better index, but you can't ask for eveything.
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