[tpm] RFC: Postgres talk coming up. Top ten questions please.

James E Keenan jkeen at verizon.net
Sat Sep 29 17:29:51 PDT 2012

On 9/29/12 1:37 PM, arocker at Vex.Net wrote:
> Some random suggestions to provoke debate:
> Who's using PG? (Names that we would recognise.)

Jim Keenan!

Which occurs because my somewhat recently new day job in NYC uses 
Postgres.  I have no prior experience with it, but colleagues in the 
Parrot project speak well of it.

> Assuming that your problem requires a relational database, why Postgres vs
> a) MySQl
> b) Oracle


> c) SQLServer


> d) Any other competitor I've forgotten?
> (Capabilities/strengths/weaknesses)?
> Which OS support PG?

I suspect the riposte would be:  Which doesn't?

> How would Perl fit in a PG environments? Invoking PG, querying, stored
> procedures?

DBI -- I finally have a chance to learn it in a practical way.

> Which is the definitive book on PG? What other documentation is available?

I consult the online documentation every day.  It is considerably better 
than that of most OS projects.

> Where do you get PG. How complex is it to install?

You download it :-)  But I'll let others speak to whether installation 
is complex or not.

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