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Extending PostgreSQL with high level languages (and cats)

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In a recent post we extolled the virtues of creating your own brand new operators in PostgreSQL. SELECT =^_^= FROM happycats; That’s well and good, but the output was a little lacklustre, returning “meow” for every tuple. We’d like to make it more interesting, and one way to add interesting functionality to Postgres is to embed a procedural language. This lets you juggle data with a little more finesse when it comes to certain operations, compared to the usual relational algebra. We’re going to use Perl because it’s easy to integrate with Postgres, and is generally a quick and dirty way to Get Stuff Done. When embedded in Postgres it’s referred to as PL/Perl. Let’s get started. We begin by “installing” the language into the database in which we wish…

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Supermicro hardware up for grabs

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In the last year or so Anchor has been making a strong push towards energy-efficient Dell hardware and VPSes. As a result, we find ourselves with a collection of older Supermicro servers on our hands that still perform well, but aren’t viable to sell to customers any more. Rather than scrapping them and foisting more e-waste on the environment, we’d prefer to send them to a good home where a geek or hacker can make use of them. If this sounds like you, we’d love you to have a gander at our ebay listings. To whet your appetite, here’s a sample of what you can expect. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the hardware. N.B. Nyanserver may not be as nyan as shown, photograph…

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