Introduction to PostgreSQL Programming

PostgreSQL is a client/server database. When you use PostgreSQL, there are at least two processes involvedthe client and the server. In a client/server environment, the server provides a service to one or more clients. The PostgreSQL server provides data storage and retrieval services. A PostgreSQL client is an application that receives data storage and retrieval services from a PostgreSQL server. Quite often, the client and the server exist on different physical machines connected by a network. The client and server can also exist on a single host. As you will see, the client and the server do not have to be written in the same computer language. The PostgreSQL server is written in C; many client applications are written in other languages.

In this chapter, I'll introduce you to some of the concepts behind client/server programming for PostgreSQL. I'll also show you options you have for server-side programming languages and for client-side programming interfaces. I also discuss the basic structure of a PostgreSQL client application, regardless of which client-side language you choose. Finally, I explore the advantages and disadvantages of server-side versus client-side code.

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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