Learning PostgreSQL

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  • Learn concepts of data modelling and relation algebra
  • Install and set up PostgreSQL database server and client software
  • Implement data structures in PostgreSQL
  • Manipulate data in the database using SQL
  • Implement data processing logic in the database with stored functions, triggers and views
  • Test database solutions and assess the performance
  • Integrate database with Java applications
  • Detailed knowledge of the main PostgreSQL building objects, most used extensions
  • Practice database development life cycle including analysis, modelling, (documentation), testing, bug fixes and refactoring

PostgreSQL is one of the most powerful and easy to use database management systems. It has strong support from the community and is being actively developed with a new release every year. PostgreSQL supports the most advanced features included in SQL standards. Also it provides NoSQL capabilities, and very rich data types and extensions. All that makes PostgreSQL a very attractive solution in various kinds of software systems.

The book starts with the introduction of relational databases with PostegreSQL. It then moves on to covering data definition language (DDL) with emphasis on PostgreSQL and common DDL commands supported by ANSI SQL. You will then learn the data manipulation language (DML), and advanced topics like locking and multi version concurrency control (MVCC). This will give you a very robust background to tune and troubleshoot your application. The book then covers the implementation of data models in the database such as creating tables, setting up integrity constraints, building indexes, defining views and other schema objects. Next, it will give you an overview about the NoSQL capabilities of PostgreSQL along with Hstore, XML, Json and arrays. Finally by the end of the book, you'll learn to use the JDBC driver and manipulate data objects in the Hibernate framework.

  • Learn about the PostgreSQL development life cycle including its testing and refactoring
  • Build productive database solutions and use them in Java applications
  • A comprehensive guide to learn about SQL, PostgreSQL procedural language and PL/pgSQL
Page Count 464
Course Length 13 hours 55 minutes
ISBN 9781783989188
Date Of Publication 30 Nov 2015


Salahaldin Juba

Salahaldin Juba has over a decade of experience in industry and academia, with a focus on database development for large-scale and enterprise applications. He holds an MSc in environmental management with a distinction, and a B.Eng in computer systems. He is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD).

He has worked mainly with SQL server, PostgreSQL, and Greenplum databases. As a software engineer, he works mainly with defining ETL processes with external parties, promoting SQL best practices, designing OLTP and OLAP applications, and providing training and consultation services.

Achim Vannahme

Achim Vannahme works as a senior software developer at a mobile messaging operator, where he focuses on software quality and test automation. He holds a degree in computer science and has over 10 years of experience in using Java and PostgreSQL in distributed and high-performance applications.

Andrey Volkov

Andrey Volkov studied information systems in banking, and started his career as a financial analyst at a commercial bank. He joined a data warehouse team, and after some time, he lead the team by taking the position of the data warehouse architect.

There he worked mainly with Oracle database stack and used it to develop logical and physical models of financial and accounting data, implement them in the database, develop ETL processes, and perform analytical tasks.

Now Andrey works as a senior database developer at a telecommunication provider. There, he works mainly with PostgreSQL databases, being responsible for data modeling, developing a data warehouse, reporting, and billing systems.