Another free book giveaway? What, am I running a library here? Well, it turns out Packt liked my review of Instant PostgreSQL Starter so much, they want me host a short period where you can obtain your very own copy for the low, low price of $0.

To those ends, I have a few brand new digital copies comprised of shiny premium electrons ready to dispense to three lucky commenters. Does that sound good? Is that something you want? In that case, you need to know that Instant PostgreSQL Starter really is a starter in every sense of the word. The assumption here is that you’ve never (or rarely) interacted with a database, and want to whet your appetite with some basics.

As my review stated, it starts with SQL basics, and moves on to several features the author personally found noteworthy and useful. It casts a very wide net, and seems to target application developers who need data storage, or someone tasked with administering a small database out of necessity. Everything from basic performance analysis, to cryptography, to full-text search, and simple backups. It’s a tiny smorgasbord that may lead a reader to pursue greater heights.

If that sounds like something that’s up your alley, all you need to do is leave a comment in this blog entry. Three lucky winners will be bequeathed an official copy to show off to their friends.

So remember:

  • Free e-book
  • What interests you about it?
  • Submit a comment
  • Youโ€™re entered

As always, I hope to see more PostgreSQL publications soon, and the popularity of works like this is the first step to getting there.

Free Copy of Instant PostgreSQL Starter
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13 thoughts on “Free Copy of Instant PostgreSQL Starter

  • Hello Shaun,

    I hope i get a copy, i’m starting a bussines and for the first time i’m using a database for professional data.

  • Oh how the times have changed Shaun! Think the year was 2001 maybe when you were “get rid of Postgres…” and now look at yah!!! Was checking out your linkedin profile and it sounds like your not ‘messing’ around with any small databases anymore! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d like to say I have a use for a copy of the book, but at the moment I don’t. It would be more for personal development (learning another database!) than anything!

    Hope all is well with you and the wife.

    1. Hah. True! But to be fair, Postgres kinda sucked back then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Luckily for everyone, it’s gotten much better. And yeah, I never would have thought I’d be an expert in a database I once treated with such disdain.

      Good hearing from you again, Chris.

  • I love starters, dummies and others books of that sort. I’d wish Postgres has even more books, which explains the basics, but also more advanced topics like replication, and how to use it in production.

  • Hi,

    I’m an experienced PG DBA who works with a large team of developers. I’m interested in the eBook to see if it’s something I could recommend to my developers. I’m mainly curious to see what sort of content they could pick and how quickly they could do it.


  • I use postgres for work, mostly using it as a datastore and writing functions in python. The book does sound interesting.

  • Many new users will find that the examples given using pgAdmin are easy to follow and perform as expected- as mentioned in your review this is what interests me

  • This would be a great book for my developers to help them explore the true power and capabilities of Postgres. The How-To’s on the following topics will enable my developers to focus more on Application logic than have to worry about parsing/transforming data.

    -Storing unstructured data with hstore -Storing XML -Recursive queries -Full-text search

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