- Series: Beginning From Novice to Professional
- Paperback: 664 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 2nd edition (September 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590594789
- ISBN-13: 978-1590594780
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL: From Novice to Professional (Beginning From Novice to Professional) 2nd Edition
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Richard Stones graduated from university with an electrical engineering degree, but decided software was more fun. He has programmed in a variety of languages, but only admits to knowing Visual Basic under duress. He has worked for a number of companies, from the very small to the very large, in a variety of areas, from real-time embedded systems upward. He is employed by Celesio AG as a systems architect, working principally on systems for the retail side of the business. He has co-authored several computing books with Neil Matthew, including Beginning Linux Programming, Professional Linux Programming, and Beginning Databases with MySQL.
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I installed the database in Arch Linux using pacman. After that, I read Arch's wiki page on postgresql. Next, I started reading the book, and in no time, I had created my first postgresql database, and was querying it.
As others have rightly stated, the book covers both the more or less standard SQL language, while also discussing the quirks with Postgresql. The author gives each a fair balance. That is not to say you won't have to google some things. For instance, I was trying to do a SHOW TABLES; a la MySQL, in postgresql, which returned an error. I had to google that.
Postgresql is at version 9.1 now, but the book covers up to version 8, so keep that in mind. So far, it has not been a problem.
There is no way that any book will really take you from novice to professional in a few hundred pages, but this book has been a nice read.
If you've been in the database world a long time and you want to see what's specific to Postgres then this might not be your book, but if you have dabbled in databases and you want to consolidate your knowledge then this is a very good book to learn from.
I have had this book for almost a year now, and still like it as much as at the start. Not that I use it every day. I've also looked at the official PostgreSQL doc and found that it's got too much detail if you are starting out, but it doesnt have as many links as I would like, so this book fills the need as an introduction
to the various aspects of Postgres very nicely. It's the kind of book you can read when you dont have a computer handy.
The official doc is of course necessary, but serves a different role.
Much of the new cloud based database application are not covered, in my humble opinion, PostgreSQL appears to be one of the best (if not the best) candidate for cloud based distributed databases to support applications (e.g. Heroku and Ruby on Rails).
Very happy with my purchase choice.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to dive in and get some real hands on experience and learning with PostgreSQL.