February 1, 2002
O'Reilly Releases Practical PostgreSQL--A Hands-On Guide to the Open Source Database
Sebastopol, CA--PostgreSQL is considered by many to be the most
advanced open source database in the world, providing a wealth of
features that are usually only found in commercial databases such as
DB2 or Oracle. It is an object-relational database management system
first developed in 1977 by the University of California at Berkeley.
But in spite of its long history and extensive user base, PostgreSQL
suffers from a lack of comprehensive and easy-to-use documentation.
PostgreSQL by John C. Worsley and Joshua D. Drake
(O'Reilly, US $44.95) fills that information void with a fast-paced
guide to installation, configuration, and usage.
"Our book on PostgreSQL is timely, as PostgreSQL is the most advanced
open source database available," says coauthor Drake. "The more
businesses turn to open source alternatives from proprietary products,
the more they will see a return on investment. Our book comes at an
opportune time to allow businesses to take advantage of the highly
developed features that PostgreSQL has to offer."
Worsley and Drake are co-owners and founders of CommandPrompt, Inc.,
which is likely the only full-time application development house for
PostgreSQL in the US. They specialize in providing Managed PostgreSQL
services and support. CommandPrompt is also the only company to provide
an XML-based application server for PostgreSQL, LXP.
"The use of PostgreSQL is picking up steam in a lot of places," Drake
adds. "The BioMedical department of the University of California at
Davis uses it. The University of Carolina uses it. We at CommandPrompt
use it for several very large projects. Users of PostgreSQL need
applicable, real world documentation for PostgreSQL to continue to
Practical PostgreSQL provides readers with all the basics, such as
how to create databases and objects, like tables, within those
databases. Experienced users can go straight to advanced topics such as
inheritance, replication, user management, and backup and recover. The
book also introduces the severely under-documented PL/pgSQL procedural
language. The book ends with a comprehensive PostgreSQL command
reference. Included with the book is a CD-ROM with LXP, CommandPrompt's
PostgreSQL Application Server. The CD covers LXP version 0.8.0 and
PostgreSQL version 7.1.3.
The emphasis of Practical PostgreSQL in on the practical use of
PostgreSQL as a backend database. The book is targeted at developers
who need a relational database product, and who wish to use an open
source database such as PostgreSQL. Readers should be familiar with
Unix, and should have a basic understanding of relational database
By John C. Worsley and Joshua D. Drake
ISBN 1-56592-846-6, 619 pages with CD, $44.95 (US), $67.95 (CAN)
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