Open-Source Databases, Part II: PostgreSQL
Don't think of PostgreSQL as a powerful open-source database. Rather, think of it as a powerful database that happens to be released under an open-source license. It has a wealth of features that make it scalable for large systems and needs, but it is easily approachable by novices who want to begin their journey into the world of relational databases.
The main Web site for PostgreSQL is www.postgresql.org. This site contains links to software, documentation, FAQs and a host of mailing lists.
My favorite book about PostgreSQL is simply called PostgreSQL, 2nd ed., written by Korry Douglas, and published by Sams (ISBN 0672327562).
The PostgreSQL community mailing lists are also invaluable sources of help and information. It's not unusual for one of the core developers to answer a question that someone has posed or admit that there is a bug that needs fixing.
Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database consultant, is a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Skokie, Illinois. You can read his Weblog at altneuland.lerner.co.il.
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