PostgreSQL for Data Architects

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Sample Chapters
  • Understand how to utilize the most frequently used PostgreSQL ecosystem-related tools and technologies
  • A hands-on guide focused primarily on providing a practical approach to learning about architecture and design considerations for database architects
  • The book covers PostgreSQL from a data architect’s perspective – covering topics from installation from source to designing tables using SQL Power Architect,as well asdeciding replication and failover strategies.

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 290 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2014
ISBN : 1783288604
ISBN 13 : 9781783288601
Author(s) : Jayadevan Maymala
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Open Source
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Jayadevan Maymala

Jayadevan Maymala is a database developer, designer and architect. He started working with Oracle database in 1999. Over the years, he has worked with DB2, Sybase and SQL Server. Of late, he has been working with open source technologies. His database of choice is PostgreSQL. In his career, he has worked in systems spanning different sectors –supply chain management, finance, travel, and social networks. He has spent an equal amount of time working with databases supporting critical transaction processing systems as well as data warehouses supporting analytical systems. He has worked with clients such as General Electric and JPMorgan Chase.

When he is not working in open source technologies, he spends time reading, updating himself on economic and political issues.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Compile PostgreSQL from source and understand PostgreSQL architecture
  • Configure parameters and change default settings for a PostgreSQL server
  • Leverage the logging mechanism to identify errors and suboptimal queries
  • Use replication to scale horizontally
  • Set up backup and recovery processes
  • Tweak parameters to optimize queries and processes
  • Troubleshoot connection errors
  • Use indexes and rewrite queries to improve performance
  • Install and use Postgre extensions
  • Learn how to leverage the command-line client (psql)

In Detail

PostgreSQL is an incredibly flexible and dependable open source relational database. Harnessing its power will make your applications more reliable and extensible without increasing costs. Using PostgreSQL’sadvanced features will save you work and increase performance, once you've discovered how to set it up.

This book will teach you everything you need to learn in order to get a scalable and optimized PostgreSQL server up and running.

The book starts with basic concepts like installing PostgreSQL from source and covers theoretical aspects such as concurrency and transaction management. After this, you'll learn how to set up replication, use load-balancing to scale horizontally, and troubleshoot errors.

As you continue through this book, you will see the significant impact of configuration parameters on performance, scalability, and transaction management. Finally, you will get acquainted with useful tools available in the PostgreSQL ecosystem used for analyzingPostgreSQL logs, setting up load-balancing, and recovery.


This practical guide leads you through numerous aspects of working with PostgreSQL. Step-by-step examples allow you to easily set up and extend your database applications with PostgreSQL.

Who this book is for

This book is for developers and data architects who have some exposure to databases. It is assumed that youunderstand the basic concepts of tables and common database objects, includingprivileges and security.

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