Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. Announces PostgreSQL 8.0 Bootcamp for September 26-30, 2005

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Big Nerd Ranch Instructor Chris Campbell teaches a 5-day intensive training class on PostgreSQL development and administration outside Atlanta, GA. Price of $3500 includes lodging, meals, class materials, and ground transportation to and from the Atlanta airport.

Big Nerd Ranch, Inc., leading provider of training classes on PostgreSQL 8.0, announces its highly successful PostgreSQL 8.0 Bootcamp for September 26-30, 2005. PostgreSQL has revolutionized the way developers approach database management by providing an open source solution ideally equipped to handle complex, sophisticated database management needs. In recent years, this upstart has challenged the primacy of competitors ORACLE and SQL Server by providing a scalable, robust and economical solution to companies seeking a package that efficiently manages data. Its flexibility makes it perfectly adaptable to whatever new challenges project managers may demand from the application without sacrificing speed and optimization.

The PostgreSQL Bootcamp, led by instructor Chris Campbell, is an intensive, five-day, hands-on class designed to take students through the rigors of PostgreSQL, from the basics of installing and configuring PostgreSQL on a server to the more advanced aspects of performance and security. Students should have two major expectations: to work hard and to emerge from the week fully prepared to begin designing and managing PostgreSQL database applications in the real world. The class is presented with 10-30 minute slide presentations and lessons, followed by challenge problems built upon previous lessons. By the end of the five days, students will be adept in key functions such as:

  • pgAdmin and phpPgAdmi
  • security and OpenSSL
  • creating databases and schema
  • replication with Slony-I
  • SELECT, JOIN and subqueries
  • PL/pgSQL functions
  • indexing, views, triggers, and rules
  • optimizing the database
  • pgpool, libpq and DBI

The class syllabus is available at

"One of the best aspects of the way we teach PostgreSQL is how the intensive training process means that students cover the breadth and depth of an array of topics," said Chris Campbell, Bootcamp instructor. "By condensing fundamental topics into the first few days, students have enough of a foundation to move into areas many developers only review in a cursory way. We give them a chance to really study those topics in-depth and get the insight they need to create as sophisticated an application as possible and tap into the full potential PostgreSQL has to offer."

Since the introduction of the beta version of PostgreSQL 8.0 in January, Chris Campbell has fine-tuned and developed one of the most comprehensive and innovative classes on PostgreSQL available. Lessons have been honed to create the most targeted instruction possible, maximizing the learning experience. Each student receives two manuals that follow the curriculum step-by-step, and lessons are peppered with hands-on time to put knowledge into practice. At the end of the five days, students leave with a CD containing lessons, slides and photos. Chris has an extensive background in database design and management in PostgreSQL working as a lead programmer in application development for Big Nerd Ranch consulting clients.

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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