Client-Side APIs

When you want to build applications that access a PostgreSQL database, you use one (or more) of the client application programming interfaces (or APIs for short). PostgreSQL has a rich variety of APIs that support a number of programming languages.

PostgreSQL supports the APIs shown in Table 5.1.

Table 5.1. PostgreSQL Client APIs

Interface Name

Supported Languages

Described In

libpq

C/C++

Chapter 8

libpgeasy

C/C++

Chapter 9

libpq++

C++

Chapter 10

ecpg

C/C++

Chapter 11

ODBC

C/C++

Chapter 12

JDBC

Java

Chapter 13

Perl

Perl

Chapter 14

PHP[1]

PHP

Chapter 15

pgtcl

TCL

Chapter 16

PyGreSQL

Python

Chapter 17

pg.el1

Emacs Lisp

Not covered

[1] The standard PostgreSQL distribution does not include the PHP or Emacs interfaces, but they are available separately on the Web.

Table 5.1 is not all-inclusive. You can write PostgreSQL clients using languages not mentioned in Table 5.1. For example, Kylix (Borland's Pascal offering for Linux) offers a PostgreSQL interface. Also, many other languages (such as Microsoft Access and Visual Basic) provide access to PostgreSQL through the ODBC interface. In recent versions, the PostgreSQL development team has removed some interfaces from the core PostgreSQL distribution. If the language that you want to use is not directly supported in the core distribution, surf the gborg.postgresql.org website to find the interface you need.

Part I: General PostgreSQL Use

Introduction to PostgreSQL and SQL

Working with Data in PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL SQL Syntax and Use

Performance

Part II: Programming with PostgreSQL

Introduction to PostgreSQL Programming

Extending PostgreSQL

PL/pgSQL

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

Security

Replicating PostgreSQL Data with Slony

Contributed Modules

Index



PostgreSQL(c) The comprehensive guide to building, programming, and administering PostgreSQL databases
PostgreSQL(c) The comprehensive guide to building, programming, and administering PostgreSQL databases
ISBN: 735712573
EAN: N/A
Year: 2004
Pages: 261

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