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Re: 7.4 Press Release -- Draft #4

From: Gavin Sherry <swm(at)linuxworld(dot)com(dot)au>
To: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: 7.4 Press Release -- Draft #4
Date: 2003-07-24 04:47:18
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.21.0307241445150.26061-100000@linuxworld.com.au (view raw or flat)
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On Thu, 24 Jul 2003, Robert Treat wrote:

> The PostgreSQL Global Development Group is pleased to announce the
> availability of version 7.4 of the PostgreSQL Relational Database
> Management System (RDBMS). This major release represents the work
> of our world wide network of over 100 developers and contributors over
> the last 9 months, building on the unparalleled success of PostgreSQL 7.3.
> 
> Significant advances in PostgreSQL version 7.4 include: 
> 
>    - A complete redesign of error logging and reporting, providing 
>      developers with an SQL99 compliant mechanism for debugging and
>      troubleshooting, providing users real time suggestions on how to avoid
>      error conditions in their applications.
> 
>    - Improvements in subquery handling by the planner resulting in up to 400% 
>      speed increases in some complex queries.
> 
>    - The implementation of an SQL99 compliant Information Schema, 
>      providing developers with database, type, object, and 
>      configuration information in a standards compliant way.
> 
>    - Now supports Statement level triggers, enabling developers and
>      users to define and customize behavior of the database when data is
>      stored and manipulated.

Remove "Now supports", since it doesn't follow from 'version 7.4
include...'.

> 
>    - Read only transactions, bringing a greater level of security to web and 
>      enterprise applications by protecting data from modification.
> 
>    - Optional explicit join rewriting by the query planner, easing the 
>      transition of existing applications and queries running on Sybase and MS    
>      SQL Server.
> 
>    - Takes full advantage of large (>4GB) memory configurations on
>      numerous 64 bit platforms including AMD Opteron, HP/Compaq Alpha,
>      Sun UltraSPARC, MIPS, PA-RISC, and RS6000*

>4GB -> 'greater than 4 GB'

> 
>    Other improvements include:
>    - Performance improvements for data warehousing
>    - Enhanced implementation of functional indexes 
>    - Addition of polymorphic function arguments and return types
>    - Significant enhancements to array data types
>    - Completely overhauled and simplified documentation
>    - Improved vacuum process to manage indexes for high availability databases
>    - An auto-vacuum feature to help simplify database maintenance
>    - Updated multi-byte regular expression package for international users
>    - New wire protocol (version 3) increases the speed of data transfers
>    - Now supports both row level and statement level triggers 
>    - A new ranked preference system for the TSearch full text indexing module.
> 
> As well as many other features and improvements.
> 
> "If you tried PostgreSQL before, and went with a commercial database like 
> Oracle or DB2 instead, it's time to re-evaluate," says Rod Taylor of Inquent 
> Technologies. "PostgreSQL's performance has improved tremendously over the 
> last two years and this, along with its enterprise level feature set, make 
> PostgreSQL competitive with even the highest-end database systems."

Some more quotes would be great. Bruce, Tom, Peter, anyone?

Its looking good but.

g


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