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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (Oct. 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184951030X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849510301
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 980 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This book makes me wish I had a time machine Nov. 3 2010
By Isaac D. Reuben - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wish I could send this back in time to myself three years ago when I was first digging into Postgres, as this book contains all the hard earned nuggets I've found through scouring online discussions and email lists, plus a lot more I didn't know, and all in a very clear and readable format. It focuses a lot on explaining how Postgres works under the hood so instead of just following rules of thumb for selecting hardware or choosing configuration options, you can really understand what Postgres is doing and *why* these things affect it's performance. Highly recommended to anyone responsible for setting up and maintaining a Postgres db, developing an application that uses Postgres, or who just wants to better understand how Postgres works.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Get the best performance out of your hardware and PostgreSQL Dec 30 2010
By Leo Hsu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've also read the companion PostgreSQL 9 Admin Cookbook. The Admin cookbook is an easier read, but this book had a lot more information I was unaware of and probably hit my weaker knowledge spots. There is very little overlap between the two books.

What surprised me most about this book was how much of it is not specific to PostgreSQL, but in fact hardware considerations and testing that are pertinent to most relational databases. In that sense I wouldn't limit my recommendation to just PostgreSQL, but also to anyone using a relational database on Unix/Linux for a high load project.

The PostgreSQL 9 High Performance book isn't going to teach you too much about writing better queries,day to day management (which is more of the focus of the Admin Book), or how to load data etc, but it will tell you how to determine when your database is under stress or your hardware is failing and adversely affecting your queries and what is causing that stress. It will also provide rules of thumb as to how to pick the best hardware for your project and budget, how to partition your data, what disks to put what kind of data. Various tuning and benchmarking techniques for highload testing.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book Dec 19 2010
By Mladen Gogala - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book which summarizes all the ways of improving performance of the PostgreSQL database. I have more than 20 years of database experience, mostly Oracle, and almost as much Unix and Linux experience. Greg Smith showed a real out of the box thinking and explained the influence of things like the choice of file system to the database performance. An excellent book, a must have for a DBA and anybody interested in PostgreSQL.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great book March 9 2012
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The chapter on query optimization alone was worth the price of the book. You need this book if you want to be a postgresql guru. Chock full of info from hardware benchmarking to server tuning.
Showed me issues I didnt even know I had March 9 2014
By happy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to PostgreSQL.
This book helped me with the performance issues I had, plus ones I did not even know about.
My server was strong but my PostgreSQL was weakly configured to only use a tiny portion of the available memory.

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