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Re: Help me improve the 9.2 release announcement!

From: Leif Biberg Kristensen <leif(at)solumslekt(dot)org>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Help me improve the 9.2 release announcement!
Date: 2012-08-07 22:12:21
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 Tirsdag 7. august 2012 23.45.31 skrev Rob Napier :
> I've been building successful database applications for 25 years without a
> problem. So I though the transition to PostgreSQL would not be too
> difficult. Well, it is - if you haven't graduated from college in the last
> 10 years or invested 1000s of hours in private study.

I think that's a mild exaggeration. I found my way to Postgres from MySQL in 
2005, and didn't find it particularly hard. I tend to think of myself as a 
regular Joe Sixpack type, although I started with CP/M around 1984 and was a 
UNIX sysadmin in the Nineties, and never became much impressed by the Redmond 
Click-o-Rama paradigm. You may call me a command-line freak if that suits you.

I came to Postgres because I was in the process of developing my own genealogy 
database, and was disgusted by MySQL's "relaxed" error-checking. I have never 
looked back.
> Unless you folk want to continue being an object-relatively exclusive club,
> you need to make information more accessible. I can cite numerous examples
> in other industries where the second-or-third-best product dominates the
> market by keeping the message simple and the product accessible.

Postgres may appear "geeky" if you judge it by the most verbal part of the 
community alone, but from a DB developer's POV it's not harder to work with 
than most other RDBMSes. It's certainly different from MySQL, but I for one find 
that to be more of an asset than a liability.

regards, Leif

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