Discover how to get started using PostgreSQL with minimal hassle!
PostgreSQL is an incredibly flexible and dependable open source relational database. Harnessing its power will make your applications more reliable and extensible without increasing costs. Using its advanced features will save you work and increase performance, once you've discovered how to set it up.
Instant PostgreSQL Starter will teach you how to install and use PostgreSQL for immediate benefit. A selection of advanced features has been chosen that highlights the breadth of its capabilities and usefulness for your applications. By the end of this book you'll be comfortable installing and using this powerful open source database.
Instant PostgreSQL Starter takes an absolute database beginner on a spirited journey from scratch through having PostgreSQL installed and usable, finishing with the basics down, and a sense of what else it can do for you.
After getting up and running, you'll learn how to insert, update, and delete data, as well as basic querying. You'll create and delete users and databases, and see how to store and query XML, search large text documents meaningfully, handle tree-structured data and unstructured key-value data, and handle a few special cases, such as passwords.
Packed with helpful examples and screenshots, you'll see clearly how to do each step. By the end of Instant PostgreSQL Starter you'll have your own personal database online and running, without any stress.
What you will learn from this book
Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. Instant PostgreSQL Starter is a step-by-step guide to getting a PostgreSQL database up and running, with an accessible approach that helps you perform some initial steps with setup and optimization.
Who this book is written for
If you're completely new to databases you'll benefit from this book's step-by-step approach to getting PostgreSQL installed and running. If you're curious about what sets PostgreSQL apart, you'll get a taste of the diverse features it has to offer. All you need to get started is this book and an Internet connection.
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Daniel K. Lyons
Daniel K. Lyons is a programmer and database administrator at the NRAO in Socorro, NM. He's been using PostgreSQL professionally and privately for a decade and it is one of the few technologies that he likes despite much use. In his spare time he likes to program in Haskell and Prolog.
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