The database was not being changed, just the driver.
The is fairly standard practice in the java/database world. More
recent drivers usually improve compatibility and performance.
Oracle, SQL (jtds), and others all work this way.
On Mar 18, 2008, at 8:44 AM, Guillaume Cottenceau wrote:
> Dave Cramer <pg 'at' fastcrypt.com> writes:
>>> See previous discussion that prompted this change at http://
>> Unfortunately the argument assumes that our users are developing new
>> applications, not using the driver in an existing application. I
>> this change should be reversed. A considerable number of people will
>> not be in a position to use an old driver with newer servers just to
>> avoid this.
> That's really a matter of practice - how much do you afford to
> break in order to fix previous problems or add features. Here,
> the story is to fix an unexpected behaviour of the JDBC driver
> (setQueryTimeout silently did nothing; it's *bad* to accept a
> query timeout value but then not implement any timeout; a
> correctly designed application will legally assume that the
> queries will timeout after the configured amount of time, which
> is not the case).
> Last year, we have upgraded from a 7.4 server to a 8.2 server. I
> can tell you that it's quite incorrect to assume that the
> application, running fine on 7.4, would magically run fine on 8.2
> too - actually, quite a lot of SQL queries were "broken", because
> of 8.2 not accepting UPDATE and DELETE FROM with implicit SELECT
> on different tables. We've had to validate our application again,
> and I think it's normal.
> That is to say, when the database is migrated from major
> releases, the application (or the DB layer) sometimes needs
> slight modifications, and it would be unreasonable deployment
> practices to not validate the application again anyway.
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