"By 1996 Borland, Microsoft and Powerbuilder/Sybase gave the
kitchen table programmer tools to build an enterprise app,
including a 'DBMS' which, while good enough for testing, was
limited to a handful of connections.You could buy the development
tool for $400 to $2000, but to deploy it you'd spend a fortune on
licenses for DBMS and other middleware.
"Then came Linux.
"One by one, technologies unaffordable to individual software
developers became free. Compilers, network technologies, and even
PostgreSQL--a professional grade DBMS.
"PostgreSQL, often nicknamed 'Postgres,' offers SQL query
support. It offers a high power command line front end called psql
for a DBA to manage the database. It has excellent transactional
support. Sophisiticated triggers and stored procedures are
available thanks to the built in plpgsql programming
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