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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
Physical Replication

When a database, after passing the development and testing phases, arrives in production, the first problem that the DBA must address is managing replicas. Replicas must be managed in real time and automatically updated. Replicas allow us to always have a copy of our data updated in real time on another machine. This machine can be placed in the same data center as our data or in a different one. This chapter differs from all that we have seen previously in that we will be talking about physical replication. In Postgres, starting from version 9.x, it is possible to have physical replication natively. We will talk about what physical replication means and we will see how to create a replica server and how to manage it. We will also see that there is the possibility of having synchronous or asynchronous replicas and that there can be multiple replicas of the...