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Learn PostgreSQL

By : Luca Ferrari, Enrico Pirozzi
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Learn PostgreSQL

By: Luca Ferrari, Enrico Pirozzi

Overview of this book

PostgreSQL is one of the fastest-growing open source object-relational database management systems (DBMS) in the world. As well as being easy to use, it’s scalable and highly efficient. In this book, you’ll explore PostgreSQL 12 and 13 and learn how to build database solutions using it. Complete with hands-on tutorials, this guide will teach you how to achieve the right database design required for a reliable environment. You'll learn how to install and configure a PostgreSQL server and even manage users and connections. The book then progresses to key concepts of relational databases, before taking you through the Data Definition Language (DDL) and commonly used DDL commands. To build on your skills, you’ll understand how to interact with the live cluster, create database objects, and use tools to connect to the live cluster. You’ll then get to grips with creating tables, building indexes, and designing your database schema. Later, you'll explore the Data Manipulation Language (DML) and server-side programming capabilities of PostgreSQL using PL/pgSQL, before learning how to monitor, test, and troubleshoot your database application to ensure high-performance and reliability. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with the Postgres database and be able to set up your own PostgreSQL instance and use it to build robust solutions.
Table of Contents (27 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started
Section 2: Interacting with the Database
Section 3: Administering the Cluster
Section 4: Replication
Section 5: The PostegreSQL Ecosystem

PostgreSQL at a glance

As a relational database, PostgreSQL provides a lot of features, and it is quite difficult to "scare" a PostgreSQL instance. In fact, a single instance can contain more than 4 billion individual databases, each with unlimited total size and capacity for more than 1 billion tables, each containing 32 TB of data. Moreover, if there's any concern that those upper limits won't suffice, please consider that a single table can have 1,600 columns, each 1 GB in size, with an unlimited number of multi-column (up to 32 columns) indexes. In short, PostgreSQL can store much more data than you can possibly think of!

Therefore, there is no amount of data that PostgreSQL cannot handle, but of course, in order to perform well with certain big databases, you need to understand PostgreSQL and its features.

PostgreSQL is fully ACID-compliant and has a very strong foundation in data integrity and concurrency. It ships with a procedural language, named PL/pgSQL...