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Re: [HACKERS] atttypmod now 32 bits, interface change]

From: Bruce Momjian <maillist(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: lockhart(at)alumnus(dot)caltech(dot)edu (Thomas G(dot) Lockhart)
Cc: t-ishii(at)sra(dot)co(dot)jp, tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us, pgsql-interfaces(at)postgreSQL(dot)org, hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] atttypmod now 32 bits, interface change]
Date: 1998-07-14 15:37:17
Message-ID: 199807141537.LAA24391@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
Thread:
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> > >This week I'm too busy because I have to finish writing an article
> > >on PostgreSQL for a Japanese magazine!
> > >By the way what are the visible changes of 6.4?
> > >I know now we can cancel a query. Could you tell me any other
> > >thing so that I could refer to them in the article?
> > Nothing big that I can think of.  Lots of cleanup/improvements to
> > existing areas.
> 
> Now Bruce! The automatic type coersion features are a pretty big change,
> especially for the casual user; the columns in queries get matched up
> and converted without any explicit work from the user. I can give Tatsuo
> some examples if he would like. I'll bet there are a few other changes
> which would give readers a good idea about the ongoing support and
> improvements to Postgres...
> 
> Speaking of docs, we'll have SQL and utility commands in an
> html/hardcopy reference manual. Hmm, may not be as exciting for Japanese
> readers, but... :)
> 
> I've been updating the old release notes in the sgml sources, and have
> that completed. Perhaps we can start the v6.4 release notes now? With
> the sgml sources we can have more summary verbiage to help users get
> introduced to new features, and then roll it out into a text file if
> necessary.

I was afraid I was going to insult someone by saying what I did.  

I MEANT that there are no features being added that a non-postgresql
user would be interested in.  subselects was one feature that
non-postgresql users would understand.  Most of our stuff now is
cleanup/extension of 6.3 features, many of which would be uninteresting
to potential users.

I suggest we focus on telling them about 6.3, which is ready NOW, and
has many nice features.

In fact, since we started two years ago, every release has gotten much
better than the previous, so we are now at a point where we are adding
'nifty' features like 'cancel' and atttypmod and stuff like that.

The days where every release fixed server crashes, or added a feature
that users were 'screaming for' may be a thing of the past.  We are
nearing a maturity stage, where we can focus on performance,
documenation, features, and cleanup.  The days when we have a 'major'
feature may be fewer, because we have added 'most' of the major features
people have been asking for.

Our user base is growing, and the number of sophisticated developers is
growing too, so we are getting major patches to improve lots of existing
functionality.

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