What is PostgreSQL?
PostgreSQL is a free and open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) with great emphasis on scalability. Its origins date back to 1989, and its name refers to its roots in the Ingres project at the University of California, Berkeley. Its current name, PostgreSQL, dates back to 1996, when its support for SQL began. PostgreSQL has earned a well-deserved reputation throughout its prolific history as one of the most stable and reliable databases on the market.
One of the reasons why many developers prefer PostgreSQL is the variety of versions available. Here are the ones that are still actively supported.
- PostgreSQL 9.6.22. Launched in 2016, This is the oldest version of PostgreSQL available on the market. This version added parallel query support as well as other improvements. This version will be supported until November 2021.
- PostgreSQL 10.17. Released in 2017, this version introduced logical replication, declarative table partitioning, and improved query parallelism. Support for this version will end in November 2022.
- PostgreSQL 11.12. Released in 2018, this version introduced increased robustness and performance for partitioning as well as other major tweaks. This version will be supported until November 2023.
- PostgreSQL 12.7. Released in 2020, this version introduced several improvements to query performance and SQL/JSON expressions. This version will be supported until November 2024.
- PostgreSQL 13.3. Released in 2020, this is the most recent version of PostgreSQL. It includes several improvements in several key areas. This version will be supported until November 2025
Why Use PostgreSQL?
There are multiple reasons to use PostgreSQL. We have prepared a list below with the most relevant ones.
- PostgreSQL was designed from the ground up with scalability in mind
- Fast and secure
- PostgreSQL has one of the most diverse communities, from companies to individuals that contribute to the project.
- Diverse indexing techniques are supported by default
- PostgreSQL supports diverse kinds of replication
- Free and open-source.
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