Open-Source Databases, Part II: PostgreSQL

Feature-rich PostgreSQL delivers on database integrity.

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.

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