Big Nerd Ranch Announces PostgreSQL Bootcamp April 18-22, 2005

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April 18-22, 2005 - Instructor Chris Campbell teaches a 5-day intensive training class outside Atlanta, GA. Price of $3500 includes lodging, meals, class materials, and ground transportation to and from the Atlanta airport.

Tulips, Daisies, and PostgreSQL Bootcamp Popping Up April 2005.

Big Nerd Ranch announces the next date for the popular PostgreSQL Bootcamp - April 18-22, 2005. Developers and database administrators who have been looking to expand their skills into this rapidly growing arena have another opportunity to get on board. PostgreSQL, a highly adaptable and scalable database solution is proving to be one of the most sought-after applications for database management. Flexible, robust and highly stable, PostgreSQL provides a low-cost and portable alternative to Oracle and SQL Server. Administrators, developers and project managers alike praise its ability to meet the needs of a wide range of industries; from accounting to medical records to e-business and customer relationship management.

The five-day bootcamp charts an intensive course through the most sophisticated open-source database available, navigating SQL constructs, subselects, transactions, triggers and user-defined types and functions.

Topics include:

  • building and installing PostgreSQL
  • configuring starting and stopping the server
  • creating a cluster with initdb, databases and schemas
  • users, access control, security and OpenSSL
  • queries, transactions, objects, optimization, data types and table constraints
  • monitoring and backups

The course has been widely praised for its exhaustive overview of the ins and outs of PostgreSQL programming. Students leaving the class not only carry away a hard copy and CD of documentation and lessons, but a wealth of information that helps students leap dramatically over the standard learning curve. Doug Hall, in his review in Linux Journal, praised the course for guiding students step-by-step through the lessons, putting information into praxis with a tightly integrated combination of lecture and hands-on practice problems to review the lesson.

Bootcamp instructor, Chris Campbell, brings a wealth of experience and curriculum development to the course, providing an array of materials to help the student learn, from two course manuals, slides, and photos. "We believe in structuring the class to be a building-block approach to learning, where each lesson builds on what was learned in the previous lesson. You're building complex and sophisticated relational databases by the end of the week," said Campbell.

For a complete syllabus of the bootcamp, please visit

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. Class price of $3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention. For more information, call 678-595-6773 or visit


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