What is PostgreSQL?

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system. It has more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness. It runs on all major operating systems, including Linux, UNIX (AIX, BSD, HP-UX, SGI IRIX, Mac OS X, Solaris, Tru64), and Windows. It is fully ACID compliant, has full support for foreign keys, joins, views, triggers, and stored procedures (in multiple languages). It includes most SQL:2008 data types, including INTEGER, NUMERIC, BOOLEAN, CHAR, VARCHAR, DATE, INTERVAL, and TIMESTAMP. It also supports storage of binary large objects, including pictures, sounds, or video. It has native programming interfaces for C/C++, Java, .Net, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl, ODBC, among others, and exceptional documentation.

What does the PostgreSQL community look like?

PostgreSQL is well supported by an active community, taking care of various aspects of progressing the database like administration, announcements, jobs, performance, and SQL. The community is headed by a core team of 6 PostgreSQL gurus, supported by major contributors and core committers. Lots of people across the globe (the exact number is dynamic) contribute towards the project as hackers, developers, & advocates.

Why Islamabad?

It may come as a surprise to many, but Islamabad has cultured a thriving community of PostgreSQL hackers over the past decade or so. Major corporates supporting and promoting PostgreSQL have employed people in Islamabad to help with their cause. OPEN’s PostgreSQL SIG seeks to bring these people together with anyone who is interested in using PostgreSQL, has problems associated with PostgreSQL, or simply wants to increase his knowledge about the DBMS.

Why should I join?

You should be a part of this SIG if you:

  1. Are a PostgreSQL enthusiast looking to connect with like-minded individuals

  2. Are interested in knowing more about and working with open source software

  3. Have queries regarding PostgreSQL and need a forum to float them

  4. Want to use PostgreSQL in your organization but don’t know how to

  5. Want to know more about the most advanced open source database in the world

How can I join?

Simply go to the User Group’s page on Meetup.com and join: http://www.meetup.com/Islamabad-PostgreSQL-User-Group/