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Ignoring typos & grammar, a great introduction to PostgreSQL,
This review is from: Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL (Paperback)I've been a PostgreSQL user for over a year, but I wanted to know more about databases in general and PostgreSQL in particular. "Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL" (BDWP) answered the questions I had and introduced me to the power of this open source database. My favorite aspect of the book was its use of "Try It Out" sections, where readers experiment with sample tables provided at the publisher's web site. These hands-on exercises reinforced the lessons of the text. I was able to install, configure, and manipulate a PostgreSQL database on FreeBSD following the authors' guidance. Windows fans can follow the authors' instructions for running PostgreSQL on Cygwin. Few other books give such attention to detail.
The book's major drawback is its sloppy grammar and frequent, repeating typos. The term 'However' appeared in many sentences for no good reason. Commas also popped up in odd locations. Thanks to the publisher's web site errata listing, I was able to correct most of the book's technical mistakes. Still, these other errors were unnerving.
Since I'm not a developer, I didn't pay much attention to chapters 13-17, where the authors describe ways to access a database using C, PHP, Perl, and Java. I was content with the user- and administrator-based material of the first 12 chapters. If you use a PostgreSQL database or need to create one, I recommend BDWP. You won't gain insight into the deeper mysteries of database administration, but the hands-on lessons will provide enough tools to get you started.