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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: New Features in Postgres 8.4

Apr 24, 2009, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Selena Deckelmann)

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"The roller coaster announcements coming from Oracle and Sun this week have a number of people questioning the fate of MySQL. While the GPL'd database probably isn't going anyplace soon, now might be a good time to remind yourself that alternatives to MySQL do exist. And that some, in the case of PostgreSQL, are incredibly feature-rich.

"With the beta version of PostgreSQL 8.4 just announced, testers are already downloading and trying out some of the newest features. As with every new release of PostgreSQL, there are performance improvements that you should be aware of, as well as new and useful configuration parameters available that will make your system administrator's life easier. Let's dive in.

"If you've never used PostgreSQL before, now is a great time to try it out. PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system with more than than 15 years of active development. PostgreSQL is also known as 'Postgres', and will be referred to by that nickname for the rest of the article."

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