PostgreSQL: Up and Running

PostgreSQL: Up and Running

by Regina O. Obe, Leo S. Hsu


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Thinking of migrating to PostgreSQL? This updated guide helps you quickly understand and use the 9.3 release of this open source database system. You’ll not only learn about its unique enterprise-class features, but also discover that PostgeSQL is more than just a database system—it’s also an impressive application platform.

Using numerous examples, this book shows you how to achieve tasks that are difficult or impossible in other databases. The second edition covers LATERAL queries, augmented JSON support, materialized views, and other key topics. If you’re an existing PostgreSQL user, you’ll pick up gems you may have missed along the way.

  • Learn basic administration tasks, such as role management, database creation, backup, and restore
  • Apply the psql command-line utility and the pgAdmin graphical administration tool
  • Explore PostgreSQL tables, constraints, and indexes
  • Learn powerful SQL constructs not generally found in other databases
  • Use several different languages to write database functions
  • Tune your queries to run as fast as your hardware will allow
  • Query external and variegated data sources with Foreign Data Wrappers
  • Learn how to replicate data, using built-in replication features

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449326333
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

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.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Basics

Chapter 2: Database Administration

Chapter 3: psql

Chapter 4: Using pgAdmin

Chapter 5: Data Types

Chapter 6: Of Tables, Constraints, and Indexes

Chapter 7: SQL: The PostgreSQL Way

Chapter 8: Writing Functions

Chapter 9: Query Performance Tuning

Chapter 10: Replication and External Data

Install, Hosting, and Command-Line Guides

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