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Re: [HACKERS] Enticing interns to PostgreSQL

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <decibel(at)decibel(dot)org>
To: Jeff Davis <jdavis-pgsql(at)empires(dot)org>
Cc: Chris Travers <chris(at)travelamericas(dot)com>,PostgreSQL advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Enticing interns to PostgreSQL
Date: 2005-07-26 22:17:50
Message-ID: 20050726221750.GB26758@decibel.org (view raw or flat)
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On Tue, Jul 26, 2005 at 01:48:36PM -0700, Jeff Davis wrote:
> Jim C. Nasby wrote:
> 
> > So, how can we increase awareness amongst people who have yet to choose
> > an OSS database? Awareness that PostgreSQL exists, and awareness that
> > it's almost always a superior choice than MySQL.
> > 
> 
> There's actually pretty good awareness that PostgreSQL exists. However,
> we aren't going to win the battle before people try PostgreSQL. The main
> battles are getting important tools to use PostgreSQL, and getting
> people to just try it out.

<snip>

> The hardest part of getting a user to stay with PostgreSQL is taking
> them from "OSS databases are MySQL and PostgreSQL in that order" to
> getting their first helpful reply from the lists. I think that's the
> place we really win them over, because they come in looking for a
> checklist feature or a problem. Often they don't understand the
> "feature" or they expect to stump the lists with their problem. Then
> someone steps up and explains to them the right way to do it, why it's
> the right way, and why PostgreSQL is the best database. And the reason
> that wins them over is because usually they walk away thinking "wow,
> that makes a lot more sense".

So, suggestions for how to get them to that stage? :)
-- 
Jim C. Nasby, Database Consultant               decibel(at)decibel(dot)org 
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