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Re: Major features for 9.1

From: Robert Bernier <robert(at)pg-live(dot)info>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Major features for 9.1
Date: 2011-04-02 17:39:51
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Here's my thoughts...

> Here's a list of the features which seem to me to be major enough to be
> headliners for 9.1.  Please mark which ones you think are major/not
> major/not major and anything you think I've forgotten.
> ... picking 5-6 items ...

>  Synchronous Replication


it's the flavour of the day

> * wCTE: Writeable Common Table Expressions


I'm finding myself using a lot of Common Table Expressions it's more intuitive 
than the more traditional BEGIN .. COMMIT paradigm especially for 

> * Per-column collations


> * SSI: Serializable Snapshot Isolation
> True serializability without locking.


You have to explain this otherwise there's no point in promoting this

> * Unlogged Tables
> Reason: allows using Postgres for not-valuable, high-performance data
> like session tables instead of using a caching database


This is a sleeper. Drop the apology that it's for 'not-valuable' data. I can 
see a lot of places that can allow pg to enter the big-data / cassandra / 
hbase  world



> * KNN-GiST: K-Nearest Neighbor Indexing
> Permits indexed searches of "what's near X", greatly improving the
> responsiveness of PostGIS applications and allowing new application
> types to be built.


> * Single-command cloning, new admin tools for replication
> Not sure about this one, should probably be buried in text somewhere.


Should be massaged as part of the continuing evolution of replication support, 
the first point.

> * PL/Python Overhaul


need more details to vote on it

> SEPostgres


requires a user-case i.e. show how a past high profile exploit could have been 
stopped with this mechanism in place.

> Extensions


I suggest a user-case explanation of how would it be used

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