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Re: [HACKERS] Tutorial

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>,Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,Joe Conway <mail(at)joeconway(dot)com>, elein <elein(at)varlena(dot)com>,pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Tutorial
Date: 2004-07-23 21:15:05
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On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 04:58:55PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org> writes:
> > On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 04:30:40PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> >> If we're going to remove from the tutorial every feature for
> >> which any aspect is deemed by someone to be broken, the tutorial
> >> is liable to become quite short.
> > Are there other pieces that are broken?
> Between the locale behavior and the trailing-spaces behavior, one
> could make the case that the entire set of textual datatypes are
> broken.  Other examples will occur to your thought if you follow
> pgsql-bugs.
> My point here is that one man's unusably broken feature may be
> another man's quite useful feature.  Postgres is a work in progress,
> and probably always will be.  I don't object to pointing out
> shortcomings, but removing all mention of a feature because it has
> some shortcomings seems not the best way.

Fair enough.  How about adding an explanation of the limits of table
inheritance illustrated by that example (or other suitable one)?

David Fetter david(at)fetter(dot)org
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