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Re: books

From: Oliver Fromme <olli(at)lurza(dot)secnetix(dot)de>
To: tallison(at)tacocat(dot)net (Tom Allison)
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: books
Date: 2004-03-17 12:56:56
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Tom Allison wrote:
 > I have the book, "Postgres Introduction and Concepts" by Bruce Momjian 
 > dated 2001 (version 7.0.2) and O'Reilly's "Pracitcal PostgreSQL" dated 
 > 2002 (version 7.1.x).
 > I already noticed a change in the pg_hba.conf files to include an extra 
 > column from the books to my current version 7.4.2

Just my personal opinion ...  I do not have any PostgreSQL
books, and I think the online documentation is excellent.
In fact it is better than most other documentations of open
source projects that I've seen (which is quite a lot).
If someone asked me for a good PostgreSQL book, I wouldn't
hesitate to answer "Use the online docs".  Even if you're
a complete SQL newbie, they get you going pretty quickly,
and they probably contain everything you ever need to know.
I find myself using the reference sections on SQL commands
and data types quite often.

In fact, I guess if you just take the online docs and make
a book from it, it would be perfect.  Except that it would
be outdated a few months later, while the online docs are
always up-to-date.

 > I am trying to assess the need to keep using these books.  I am assuming 
 > that probably 90% of the books are valid until I get into vacuum and 
 > some administration goodies.
 > Without reading all the changelogs yet, am I close?
 > I know I'll have to keep hitting the docs themselves to be sure, but I 
 > would hate to toss these before they get a chance to get really worn out.

A lot of details have changed since 7.0.x and 7.1.x.  And
it is often those details which can cause subtle problems
when you don't expect them.  For example, I have recently
stumbled across the fact that the "serial" datatype does
not imply UNIQUE anymore (it did in PostgreSQL < 7.3).

Just my two Cents, and YMMV.


Oliver Fromme, secnetix GmbH & Co KG, Oettingenstr. 2, 80538 M√ľnchen
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