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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - August 1st 2004 ==

From: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
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Subject: == PostgreSQL Weekly News - August 1st 2004 ==
Date: 2004-08-03 02:47:24
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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - August 1st 2004 ==
        The weekly news is back after a one week, OSCon induced, hiatus. The 
14 second run down on OSCon is that PostgreSQL had a very successful 
conference, with a noticeable presence. The tutorials were all pretty full 
(some were standing room only) and the booth stayed pretty busy at all times. 
I was also stopped by a number of people in the halls who either asked me 
about PostgreSQL or wanted to tell me that they were using PostgreSQL. Kudos 
for everyone who participated in the event!
        Of course with all of this activity out in Portland, we still had 
folks back at home cleaning things up for the beta release planned for 
sometime this week. Most of the features are not new, but as they have just 
been committed in the last two weeks, it is a good time to review what was 

	Modifications were made to allow for Borland compiles. The updated plperl 
code was officially added, along with a slew of documentation to explain how 
to use the new functionality. WAL timelines have been added to make PITR more 
manageable. A file size check was also added to prevent recovery attempts 
from corrupted WAL files. A draft of the 7.5 release notes has been committed 
and is available in the developers documentation. The pginstaller project 
continued to round out some rough edges. This project creates a simple 
executable that installs PostgreSQL on Windows machines. Additional logging 
for diagnosing IDENT authentication problems was added in. Unique and Primary 
Key indexes can now be created in seperate tablespaces.
        The rest of the nested transactions implementation was committed in, 
so this feature is looking pretty solid. The implementation uses the 
spec-complient SAVEPOINT/RELEASE/ROLLBACK-TO syntax rather than several other 
ideas that were suggested. Along with this, plpgsql was given the ability to 
trap errors inside of a function. The syntax is based on try/catch, and 
should be reproducable in the other pl langs in the future.

        Further work was done on the timezone matching system, which sets 
default server timezones within a new installation. Non-Windows machines were 
given a couple of tiebreak scenarios, while Windows machines were given a 
direct mapping table for the known Windows time zones. A C based of version 
of pg_config was created, the last of the admin tools that needed conversion. 
DECLARE CUSOR can now take parameters from the portal in which it is 
executed.  A makefile framework for building PostgreSQL extensions was put 
in. This is basically a generalization of the existing contrib makefiles, 
which should help external projects build easier outside of the contrib 

	One last note, for those interested we have begun collecting tutorials and 
code examples from OSCon up on the techdocs site. So far we have entries from 
Bruce Momjian, Joe Conway, and myself, and should add more in the next few 
days.  Please check them out at
== PostgreSQL Product News ==
CONNX Solutions & Martin Group Provide High-Performance AdHoc Reporting 
Cross-platform packaging facility OpenPKG 2.1 released
SCO ups Java performance up to 60%
AdventNet Forms Alliance With Sybase Middle & Central East And Europe
Pginstaller beta release
== PostgreSQL In The News ==

Creating Custom Email Queries
PostgreSQL: The Other Open-Source Database
== PostgreSQL Events ==
Linux World Expo: San Francisco, CA, USA: August 3-5
PostgreSQL will have a booth and B.O.F with OSDL.
Linux Expo Shanghai: Shanghai, China : Sep 9-10
Bruce Momjian will present a speech
LinuxWorld Conferance: Frankfurt, Germany: October 26-28
PostgreSQL will once again have a booth at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.
== PostgreSQL Weekly News - August 1st 2004 ==
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