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Re: What can we learn from MySQL?

From: Alexey Borzov <borz_off(at)cs(dot)msu(dot)su>
To: Rod Taylor <pg(at)rbt(dot)ca>
Cc: Postgresql Advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: What can we learn from MySQL?
Date: 2004-04-23 16:07:54
Message-ID: 40893F5A.50607@cs.msu.su (view raw or flat)
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Hi!

Rod Taylor wrote:
> My present theory is that most users make the decision regarding ease of
> use before even installing the software.
> 
> If you look at the MySQL website within 1 or 2 clicks, you know that
> there is a gui for queries, a gui for administration, drivers or
> interfaces for many programming langauges. They have GIS, Unicode, full
> text searching, multi-master replication, ANSI compliance, etc.
> 
> ...
> 
> You don't learn anything about the GUIs (any of them) within the first
> couple of clicks. Since many users (even linux users) associate command
> lines with difficulty of use, the first impression is that PostgreSQL is
> difficult to use.

I think that PostgreSQL's "download" page should point to at least
* Recommended replication solution (erserver?)
* Recommended full-text search solution (tsearch?)
* Recommended GUI / web frontend (PGAdmin / phpPgAdmin)
* Drivers: ODBC, JDBC, whatever
* PostGIS
* Banners to put on the website
* A description of what to find in the contrib dir

If someone makes such a page, I'll promptly add it to the 
"next-generation" site.


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