PG Phriday: Moving to 9.5

There comes a day in every young database’s life that it’s time to move on. I’m sorry 9.4, but the day has come that we must say goodbye. It’s not like we haven’t had our good times. While I truly appreciate everything you’ve done for me, we must part ways. I’m far too needy, and I can’t demand so much of you in good conscience. May your future patches make you and your other suitors happy!

PG Phriday: 10 Ways to Ruin Performance: Sex Offenders

We’re finally at the end of the 10-part Postgres (PostgreSQL) performance series I use to initiate new developers into the database world. To that end, we’re going to discuss something that affects everyone at one point or another: index criteria. Or to put it another way: Why isn’t the database using an index? It’s a fairly innocuous question, but one that may have a surprising answer: the index was created using erroneous assumptions.

PG Phriday: 10 Ways to Ruin Performance: Indexing the World

An easy way to give Postgres (PostgreSQL) a performance boost is to judiciously use indexes based on queries observed in the system. For most situations, this is as simple as indexing columns that are referenced frequently in WHERE clauses. Postgres is one of the few database engines that takes this idea even further with partial indexes. Unfortunately as a consequence of insufficient exposure, most DBAs and users are unfamiliar with this extremely powerful functionality.

PG Phriday: 10 Ways to Ruin Performance: Functionally Bankrupt

Functions are great. Having cut my teeth on a database that didn’t even provide the ability to define functions, I’ve come to almost take them for granted in Postgres (PostgreSQL). However, with this kind of ubiquity, sometimes they can be overused in ways that don’t seem to be part of the common programmer lexicon. In this week’s PG Phriday series on performance-killing missteps, I’m going to talk a bit about set theory, and how a certain amount of familiarity is necessary to properly interact with a database.

PG Phriday: 10 Ways to Ruin Performance: Out Of Order

There are a lot of database engines out there. As such, a developer or DBA will naturally have varying levels of experience with each, and some of this might conflict with how Postgres (PostgreSQL) operates. These kinds of embedded misunderstandings can cause potential issues by themselves, but in this particular case, corrective action is fairly simple. So this week, I’d like to talk about indexes. Many people treat them as a “make query faster” button, and this often results in egregious misuse.