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PostgreSQL 9.0 High Performance Paperback – October 20, 2010
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I found the book to be well-written (always a plus when reading technical books) and felt it covered quite a bit of depth given its ambitious scope. Overall, it was an informative and enjoyable read. --David Christensen
This book is well written and very accurate, from what I can tell, a tribute both to the author and the highly competent reviewers. I doubt there is a single PostgreSQL user or developer who could not learn something useful from this book. --Andrew Dunstan
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Who this book is written for
This book is aimed at intermediate to advanced database administrators using or planning to use PostgreSQL. Portions will also interest systems administrators looking to build or monitor a PostgreSQL installation, as well as developers interested in advanced database internals that impact application design.
What you will learn from this book
- Learn best practices culled from years of work scaling PostgreSQL installations to handle demanding applications
- Uncover what makes hardware good or bad for high-performance database applications
- Investigate making informed speed and reliability trade-offs
- Tweak your operating system for best database performance
- Benchmark your whole system from hardware to application
- Follow real examnples to learn how the server parameters operate and how they impact performance
- Monitor what happens on your server, both in and outside of the database
- Find the best add-on tools that extend to core PostgreSQL database
- Discover how to architect replicated systems using the latest features added to PostgreSQL 9.0
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Provides a lot of details that help to actually understand what is going on in database. Every performance/optimization technique, configuration flag is explained in detail.
First half of the book covers thinks like choosing hardware, processor, memory, disk, file system, RAID matrix ,etc. In spite of the fact that I am java programmer, not DB engineer I find this part interesting too; it is good to know how database does its job.
Somewhat old (addresses postgreSQL 9.0 and older versions, we have 9.4 now), but I see no parts that are outdated. PostgreSQL have not changed that much (you may read release notes for 9.1-9.4) and basic principles (that are explained very well, in length and in great detail) are not to change anytime soon.
Speaking as a newcomer wih no DBA experience, from simple SQL to more advanced DBA concepts, this certainly gave me the background I needed to get going; it would seem, a lot of material left over to master.
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It does introduce you to the concepts. However, as most of the analysis/examples are done on a system with 1-2MB RAM (sometime on authors laptop) and...Read more
This book helped me with the performance issues I had, plus ones I did not even know about.Read more