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Re: [HACKERS] Tutorial

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>,Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,Joe Conway <mail(at)joeconway(dot)com>, elein <elein(at)varlena(dot)com>,pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Tutorial
Date: 2004-07-23 21:15:05
Message-ID: 20040723211505.GB7751@fetter.org (view raw or flat)
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On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 04:58:55PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org> writes:
> > On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 04:30:40PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> >> If we're going to remove from the tutorial every feature for
> >> which any aspect is deemed by someone to be broken, the tutorial
> >> is liable to become quite short.
> 
> > Are there other pieces that are broken?
> 
> Between the locale behavior and the trailing-spaces behavior, one
> could make the case that the entire set of textual datatypes are
> broken.  Other examples will occur to your thought if you follow
> pgsql-bugs.
> 
> My point here is that one man's unusably broken feature may be
> another man's quite useful feature.  Postgres is a work in progress,
> and probably always will be.  I don't object to pointing out
> shortcomings, but removing all mention of a feature because it has
> some shortcomings seems not the best way.

Fair enough.  How about adding an explanation of the limits of table
inheritance illustrated by that example (or other suitable one)?

Cheers,
D
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