Basic Database Terminology

Npgsql The NET Data Provider

If you've been involved in the software industry over the last few years, you've heard of Microsoft's .NET initiative. .NET is a collection of development tools and technologies that implement a portable "virtual operating system" on top of whatever operating system you happen to be running. The idea behind .NET is that you can use the development tools to build applications that run on any computer that has a copy of the .NET framework (in a fashion very similar to the Java virtual machine and Java runtime architecture). The .NET initiative was created by Microsoft and developed chiefly for Microsoft operating systems, but an open-source implementation of the .NET framework (and some of the development tools) is available for many operating systems. The open-source version of .NET is named Mono (you can find more information about Mono at

One component of .NET is the ADO.NET Data Access framework (ADO is an acronym for Active Data Objects). ADO.NET is a set of classes (and interfaces) that make it possible to write database-independent code at a very high level. When you build an ADO.NET application, you typically interact with a set of "adapters." The adapters, in turn, interact with the database on your behalf. Npgsql is an open-source ADO.NET data provider that gives you an adapter (and other tools) that know how to interact with PostgreSQL.

In this chapter, I'll show you how to use the Npgsql data provider to create PostgreSQL-enabled applications written in Microsoft's Visual Basic (VB). You can use Npgsql with any .NET-compatible language, but VB makes it easy for novice programmers to develop attractive applications in very little time. (Oddly enough, experienced programmers tend to get bogged down with Visual Basic because we just want to write more code and, as you'll see, there's very little coding involved in simple VB applications.)

Part I: General PostgreSQL Use

Introduction to PostgreSQL and SQL

Working with Data in PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL SQL Syntax and Use


Part II: Programming with PostgreSQL

Introduction to PostgreSQL Programming

Extending PostgreSQL


The PostgreSQL C APIlibpq

A Simpler C APIlibpgeasy

The New PostgreSQL C++ APIlibpqxx

Embedding SQL Commands in C Programsecpg

Using PostgreSQL from an ODBC Client Application

Using PostgreSQL from a Java Client Application

Using PostgreSQL with Perl

Using PostgreSQL with PHP

Using PostgreSQL with Tcl and Tcl/Tk

Using PostgreSQL with Python

Npgsql: The .NET Data Provider

Other Useful Programming Tools

Part III: PostgreSQL Administration

Introduction to PostgreSQL Administration

PostgreSQL Administration

Internationalization and Localization


Replicating PostgreSQL Data with Slony

Contributed Modules


PostgreSQL(c) The comprehensive guide to building, programming, and administering PostgreSQL databases
PostgreSQL(c) The comprehensive guide to building, programming, and administering PostgreSQL databases
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