The PostgreSQL books have taken some 5 years to get to market, so thanks to Packt Publishing for having the faith to publish more PostgreSQL books.
We've done our very best to cram them full of the best information we could find, the only restriction being the time available. Most of the book was written during the time between feature freeze and release of PostgreSQL 9.0, so that was really the main constraint on how long the books could be.
The main idea behind the books is to show people what's possible with PostgreSQL. No point having the "World's Most Advanced Database" unless you have some Advanced books to show off the features and make them real. We tried to start at less than basic, then reach upwards quickly to the most advanced ideas.
Anyway, we'd love to hear from you. The 2ndQuadrant team has been amazingly supportive during the writing of both books. Not just Gabriele and Dimitri's insightful comments, but everybody else that took up the slack when we disappear for long writing sessions. I hope you'll take up support from 2ndQuadrant as a result - the software only gets better when people push it to the limits and then we can design a better way forwards. Thanks very much to existing customers for your interest and support.
Of course, thanks to my family for their love, and cups of tea.
Wanna know more about me? Hmmm, well: I love my job, and happy to share that through books and open source. I work as the CTO at 2ndQuadrant, where I get to help design, build and implement technology used in some very cool projects. It's good to be able to work at the creative end of things, then step back and take time to explain things. I find doing both helps a lot because I only build things with clear and worthwhile purposes. Do I do other things apart from software? Sure do, but no need to talk about them here.
Anyway, must get on. Thanks for stopping by.