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PostgreSQL 7.3. is released ! :-)

PostgreSQL 7.3. is released ! :-)

PostgreSQL 7.3. is released ! :-)


Here's an extract of a message from the muc.list.postgres.questions newsgroups.

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group proudly announces the release of version 7.3 of the PostgreSQL object-relational database management system (ORDBMS).

PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database, provides solutions for many of the most demanding applications in use today, saving businesses and governments millions of dollars each year.

You can download PostgreSQL 7.3 by going to http://www.postgresql.org/  ;
(Note that RPM should be available in a few days).

RE: PostgreSQL 7.3. is released ! :-)

Yes, and it's a power user's dream. Look at the new features:

Schemas allow users to create objects in separate namespaces, so two people or applications can have tables with the same name. There is also a public schema for shared tables. Table/index creation can be restricted by removing permissions on the public schema.

Drop Column
PostgreSQL now supports the ALTER TABLE ... DROP COLUMN functionality. (One of the few annoyances in former versions)

Table Functions
Functions returning multiple rows and/or multiple columns are now much easier to use than before. You can call such a "table function" in the SELECT FROM clause, treating its output like a table. Also, PL/pgSQL functions can now return sets.

Prepared Queries
PostgreSQL now supports prepared queries, for improved performance.

Dependency Tracking
PostgreSQL now records object dependencies, which allows improvements in many areas. "DROP" statements now take either CASCADE or RESTRICT to control whether dependent objects are also dropped.

Functions and procedural languages now have privileges, and functions can be defined to run with the privileges of their

Both multibyte and locale support are now always enabled.

A variety of logging options have been enhanced.

A large number of interfaces have been moved to http://gborg.postgresql.org where they can be developed and
released independently.

By default, functions can now take up to 32 parameters, and identifiers can be up to 63 bytes long. Also, OPAQUE is now deprecated: there are specific "pseudo-datatypes" to represent each of the former meanings of OPAQUE in function argument and result types.

Several steps closer to being an Oracle-killer .


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RE: PostgreSQL 7.3. is released ! :-)

This is excellent news!  Thanks for the posts!  I recall I had a big gripe with the lack of DROP COLUMN!  


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