- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA; 3 edition (20 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781491963418
- ISBN-13: 978-1491963418
- ASIN: 1491963417
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
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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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From the Preface
PostgreSQL bills itself as the world’s most advanced open source database. We couldn’t agree more.
What we hope to accomplish in this book is to give you a firm grounding in the concepts and features that make PostgreSQL so impressive. Along the way, we should convince you that PostgreSQL does indeed stand up to its claim to fame. Because the database is advanced, no book short of the 3500 pages of documentation can bring out all its glory. But then again, most users don’t need to delve into the most abstruse features that PostgreSQL has to offer. So in our shorter 300-pager, we hope to get you, as the subtitle proclaims, Up and Running.
Each topic is presented with some context so you understand when to use it and what it offers. We assume you have prior experience with some other database so that we can jump right to the key points of PostgreSQL. We generously litter the pages of this book with links to references so you can dig deeper into topics of interest. These links lead to sections in the manual, to helpful articles, to blog posts of PostgreSQL vanguards. We also link to our own site at Postgres OnLine Journal, where we have collected many pieces that we have written on PostgreSQL and its interoperability with other applications.
This book focuses on PostgreSQL versions 9.5, 9.6, and 10, but we will cover some unique and advanced features that are also present in prior versions.
For migrants from other database engines, we’ll point out parallels that PostgreSQL shares with other leading products. Perhaps more importantly, we highlight feats you can achieve with PostgreSQL that are difficult or impossible to do in other databases.
We stop short of teaching you SQL, as you’ll find many excellent sources for that. SQL is much like chess—a few hours to learn, a lifetime to master. You have wisely chosen PostgreSQL. You’ll be greatly rewarded.
If you’re currently a savvy PostgreSQL user or a weather-beaten DBA, much of the material in this book should be familiar terrain, but you’ll be sure to pick up some pointers and shortcuts introduced in newer versions of PostgreSQL. Perhaps you’ll even find the hidden gem that eluded you. If nothing else, this book is at least ten times lighter than the PostgreSQL manual.
Not using PostgreSQL yet? This book is propaganda—the good kind. Each day you continue to use a database with limited SQL capabilities, you handicap yourself. Each day that you’re wedded to a proprietary system, you’re bleeding dollars.
Finally, if your work has nothing to do with databases or IT, or if you’ve just graduated from kindergarten, the cute picture of the elephant shrew on the cover should be worthy of the price alone.
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I've tried many other Postgres books but they are mostly written poorly and seem like they never passed through an editor, at least not an English-speaking one. The 3rd edition of this book is written much better than the others, including the 1st edition.
One thing that I found a bit strange and doesn't really belong in a database programming/administration book was the examples in the Full Text Search section:
"If you type in the search term _lots of steamy sex scenes_, you might end up with nothing..."
"For example, if you're interested in viewing movies where sex is depicted with smoking, you could search for the two words _sex_ and _smoking_"
"_And so they smoked after sex_"
And few more mentions of the word "sex" in that section.
I am really not a prude. I just think that they could have come up with some more appropriate examples. Also, smoking is really bad for you!