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.