The Distributed SQL Blog

Thoughts on distributed databases, open source, and cloud native

My Yugabyte Journey: From Intern to Full-Time Software Engineer

Hello. My name is Tim Elgersma, and I’m a software engineering intern on the YSQL team at Yugabyte. I have one semester left in my bachelor of Computer Science program at the University of Waterloo. In this blog post, I’d like to talk about my experience interning here over the past several months, and why I’m excited to join the company full time upon graduation.

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PostgreSQL Timestamps and Timezones: How to Navigate the Interval Minefield

This is the second of a two part blog post series about the date-time data types that PostgreSQL, and therefore YSQL, support. The first part dealt with the basic business of representing moments (when things happen). The relevant data types here are time, date, and timestamp—where the latter has a without time zone and a with time zone variant.

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PostgreSQL Timestamps and Timezones: What You Need to Know—and What You Don’t

Anecdotal reports indicate that some PostgreSQL programmers are daunted by the date and time data types, and by how operations that use values of these data types might be affected by the session’s timezone setting. Even experienced developers struggle when they first embark on a critical project that relies on this functionality. YugabyteDB’s YSQL subsystem gives the application developer the same experience as PostgreSQL.

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YugabyteDB Integrates with Arctype SQL Client

PostgreSQL has eaten the world. And so Yugabyte set out to build the most Postgres-compatible, scalable, and resilient database. YugabyteDB is not only wire compatible with PostgreSQL, it is code compatible by reusing the upper half of PostgreSQL. Thanks to this compatibility, YugabyteDB can connect to the vast majority of database tools that integrate with Postgres.

In a previous blog post,

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YugabyteDB Savepoints: Checkpointing Work in Distributed Transactions

Yugabyte brings best-in-class performance, scalability, and availability to YugabyteDB, a fully PostgreSQL-compatible SQL database. Because YugabyteDB’s architecture uses PostgreSQL at the SQL layer, we get a long-tail of PostgreSQL compatibility for free. But implementing savepoints requires deeper integration into YugabyteDB’s distributed persistence and transaction layers. 

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why you should care about savepoints.

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YugabyteDB Migration: What About Those 19 Oracle Features I Thought I Would Miss?

In 2019, I gave a presentation with the title, “19 features you will miss if you leave Oracle.” The talk focused on features used every day with Oracle—and those that may not be available in other databases. However, the goal of this presentation was not to influence any decision or outcome. 

Migrating from a commercial database is not about covering a full set of features.

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Tutorial: How to Deploy Multi-Region YugabyteDB on GKE Using Multi-Cluster Services

The evolution of “build once, run anywhere” containers and Kubernetes—a cloud-agnostic, declarative-driven orchestration API—have made a scalable, self-service platform layer a reality. Even though it is not a one size fits all solution, a majority of business and technical challenges are being addressed. Kubernetes as the common denominator gives scalability, resiliency, and agility to internet-scale applications on various clouds in a predictable,

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Tutorial: Getting Started with YugabyteDB and Docker

When developing modern applications, it is important to maintain dev/prod parity (that is, keep development, staging, and production as similar as possible). This should also extend to the local development environment.  However, containerization makes it easy to achieve consistency across all environments, even with more complicated components such as databases.

YugabyteDB is a cloud-native, distributed SQL database that is also PostgreSQL compatible.

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