Skip site navigation (1) Skip section navigation (2)

Re: have you seen this?

From: Alexey Borzov <borz_off(at)cs(dot)msu(dot)su>
To: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
Cc: robert(dot)bernier5(at)sympatico(dot)ca, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: have you seen this?
Date: 2004-05-25 09:54:56
Message-ID: (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-advocacy

Robert Treat wrote:
> Interesting write-up, too bad it is so out of date. Near as I can figure
> this seems to be discussing postgresql 7.0, maybe 7.1 ? 
> Course would be a good starting point for a "grand database feature
> comparison" that folks have often talked about writing up.

While feature comparisons may work with people migrating from commercial 
RDBMSs, as they'll consider the feature/price ratio, this does not quite 
work with MySQL crowd.

I was recently giving a small presentation on PostgreSQL on a Russian 
PHP conference and found out an interesting thing: no one there really 
cared about feature comparisons. I did a table with PostgreSQL features 
and the versions they appeared in. This did not go completely unnoticed, 
as the next lecture was about the new features of MySQL 4.1/5.0, but the 
people were not really interested and didn't ask questions.

What's more interesting, no one really cared about PL/PHP as well.

The meta-questions asked were:
1) The main *drawbacks* of PostgreSQL;
2) When does one need to use PostgreSQL;
3) The performance question.

As the PostgreSQL advocacy group thinks that PHP programmers are among 
their *main* target audience, may I humbly suggest answering the 
questions that are asked instead of the ones that are not?

The most successful (most quoted) advocacy articles I remember were the 
once from OpenACS (Why not MySQL?) and (MySQL gotchas). To 
make people look at PostgreSQL you should concentrate on why MySQL is 
*bad*, to create a sense of insecurity in its users. That is the 
propaganda that works.

In response to


pgsql-advocacy by date

Next:From: Karsten HilbertDate: 2004-05-25 11:41:22
Subject: Re: I want to use postresql for this app, but...
Previous:From: Kaare RasmussenDate: 2004-05-25 07:37:07
Subject: Re: Ingres to be released as open source

Privacy Policy | About PostgreSQL
Copyright © 1996-2017 The PostgreSQL Global Development Group