Monday, August 14, 2017

Plans for Partitioning in v11

The reaction to the new table partitioning feature in PostgreSQL 10 has been overwhelmingly positive, but a number of people have already astutely observed that there is plenty of room for improvement.  PostgreSQL 10, already at beta3, will go GA some time in the next month or two, and presumably once it does, more people will try out the new feature and find things they would like to see improved.  The good news is that there is already a substantial list of people, many of them my colleagues at EnterpriseDB, working on various improvements.  The following list of projects is complete to my knowledge, but of course there may be projects of which I'm unaware especially at companies where I don't work.  If you're working on something else, please leave a comment about it!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Who Contributes to PostgreSQL Development?

In a talk which I gave at PGCONF.IN and, in a shorter version, at PGCONF.US, I had a few slides on who contributes to PostgreSQL development.  Here, I'd like to present a slightly expanded version of the information which was in the talk.  The information in this post considers calendar year 2016 and comes from two sources.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

New Features Coming in PostgreSQL 10

The list of new features coming in PostgreSQL 10 is extremely impressive.  I've been involved in the PostgreSQL project since the 8.4 release cycle (2008-2009), and I've never seen anything like this.  Many people have already blogged about these features elsewhere; my purpose here is just to bring together a list of the features that, in my opinion, are the biggest new things that we can expect to see in PostgreSQL 10.  [Disclaimers: (1) Other people may have different opinions.  (2) It is not impossible that some patches could be reverted prior to release.  (3) The list below represents the work of the entire PostgreSQL community, not specifically me or EnterpriseDB, and I have no intention of taking credit for anyone else's work.]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Parallel Query v2

A recent Twitter poll asked What is your favorite upcoming feature of PostgreSQL V10?  In this admittedly unscientific survey, "better parallelism" (37%) beat out "logical replication" (32%) and "native partitioning" (31%).  I think it's fruitless to argue about which of those features is actually most important; the real point is that all of those are amazing features, and PostgreSQL 10 is on track to be an amazing release.  There are a number of already-committed or likely-to-be-committed features which in any other release would qualify as headline features, but in this release they'll have to fight it out with the ones mentioned above.