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Re: [HACKERS] Package support for Postgres

From: Jean-Michel POURE <jm(dot)poure(at)freesurf(dot)fr>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: pgadmin-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Package support for Postgres
Date: 2001-10-13 08:11:39
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>What do folks think?
>Take care,

Hello Bill,

The community have been waiting for packages for a long time. I don't 
believe you did it!!!

IMHO most applications do not fully benefit from the power of PostgreSQL 
because transactions are performed at application lever 
(PHP/asp/Java/Application server). Sometimes, libraries are mapped to 
database structure, which is nonsense when a simple view with left joins 
can solve a problem.

Most applications should be developed/ported at PostgreSQL level using the 
full range of available tools (transactions, triggers, views, foreign keys, 
rules and off course PL/pgSQL). This is much easier and powerful. Then, all 
you need is to display information using a good object-oriented language 

With the help of packages, a lot of developers will probably release GPL 
libraries and PostgreSQL will become the #1 database in the world.

At pgAdmin team, we were thinking of developing packages at client level. 
This is nonsense when reading your paper. The ability of defining context 
levels is a great feature. Question: how do you map package to PostgreSQL 
objects (tables, views, triggers)? Is there any possibility of defining 
templates? Can this be added to packages in the future with little impact 
on PostgreSQL internals?

Now, we can only thank you for bringing Packages to PostgreSQL.

Best regards,
Jean-Michel POURE
pgAdmin Team


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