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Arguably the most capable of all the open source databases, PostgreSQL is an object-relational database management system first developed in 1977 by the University of California at Berkeley. In spite of its long history, this robust database suffers from a lack of easy-to-use documentation. Practical PostgreSQL fills that void with a fast-paced guide to installation, configuration, and usage.This comprehensive new volume shows you how to compile PostgreSQL from source, create a database, and configure PostgreSQL to accept client-server connections. It also covers the many advanced features, such as transactions, versioning, replication, and referential integrity that enable developers and DBAs to use PostgreSQL for serious business applications. The thorough introduction to PostgreSQL's PL/pgSQL programming language explains how you can use this very useful but under-documented feature to develop stored procedures and triggers. The book includes a complete command reference, and database administrators will appreciate the chapters on user management, database maintenance, and backup & recovery. With Practical PostgreSQL, you will discover quickly why this open source database is such a great open source alternative to proprietary products from Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft.Also included is a CD-ROM with Command Prompt's PostgreSQL ApplicationServer, LXP. The CD covers LXP version 0.8.0 and PostgreSQL version 7.1.3.

John Worsley

John C. Worsley is the co-founder and lead developer of Command Prompt, Inc, located in idyllic Portland, Oregon. His projects include the LXP Content-Management Apache module, a variety of DocBook-oriented XML utilities, and a host of custom PostgreSQL-based solutions.

Joshua Drake

Joshua D. Drake is cofounder of Command Prompt, Inc., a PostgreSQL and Linux custom development company. He is also the current author of the Linux Networking HOWTO, Linux PPP HOWTO, and Linux Consultants HOWTO.