PostgreSQL 8 Officially Released

By Blane Warrene

PostgreSQL 8 was officially released this week and has many new features to bring to the open source database table (so to speak).

Of course front and center would be the long awaited native Win32 binary that allows PostgreSQL to run natively on Windows 2000, XP and 2003 as a service. A separate project is underway to ease installation and can be found on the pgFoundry web site (recommended by Postgres).

Other features with an eye toward high performance and stability are point in time backup and restore, which allows for continuous backups and user’s choice for restore points, and tablespaces, which allow for tables and indexes to be stored on different (or the same) filesystems. This latter being an excellent option when tweaking for performance or managing drive space.

  • And, finally, you can alter column types.

    That has long been my biggest gripe with PostgreSQL; inflexible table metadata.

    We’re working on a project currently which uses Postgres 7.2; a version where you cannot even delete a column from a table. Incredibly frustrating!

  • I think the no-brainer access to MySQL through it’s inclusion in the Windows ‘all-in-one’ PHP development install kit (XAMPP, Apache2Triad and EasyPHP) has had a fair bit to do with it’s popularity. It will be interesting to see if PostGres starts popping up in those kits now.

  • Cool.

  • I like their new website too.

  • Vlad Alexa Mancini

    I added postgresql in apache2triad in just weeks after 8.0 was released , this windows version was eagerly awaited.

  • I have added postgresql to apache2triad within less than 2 weeks after 8.0 was released having eagerly awaited for this windows version for quite some time

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