For this book to be useful, basic knowledge of the Linux operating system in any distribution or knowledge of the FreeBSD operating system is required. All the SQL examples can be run using the psql program or using the GUI tool pdAdmin. This makes them applicable to most platforms. Some scripts will be executed using the bash scripting language.
Software/Hardware covered in the book
PostgreSQL 12 - 13
Linux OS / FreeBSD
If you are using the digital version of this book, we advise you to type the code yourself or access the code via the GitHub repository (link available in the next section). Doing so will help you avoid any potential errors related to the copying and pasting of code.
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There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.
CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "psql is a powerful environment in which to manage our data and our databases."
A block of code is set as follows:
CREATE DATABASE databasename
When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:
postgres=# \c forumdb
You are now connected to database "forumdb" as user "postgres".
Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "The first field is an object identifier (OID), which is a number that uniquely identifies the database called forumdb."