On Fri, Aug 04, 2006 at 12:37:10AM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Bruce Momjian <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > To me new things are like PITR, Win32, savepoints, two-phase
> > commit, partitioned tables, tablespaces.  These are from 8.0 and
> > 8.1.  What is there in 8.2 like that?
> [ shrug... ]  Five out of your six items have no basis in the SQL
> spec.  So it's not clear to me what your definition of "major
> feature" is, unless maybe it's "anything except what we did for
> 8.2".  Can you enumerate ten things you would consider comparable to
> the above features that aren't done yet?

First, I'd like to say people are doing a fantastic job here.  Kudos!

One huge thing missing from the "done" list is that crucial bit of
infrastructure and process that has shortened feedback loops--hence
the beta period--by weeks if not months: the build farm.  It's now
smoothly integrated into the development process, and as a
consequence, we can realistically have a release each year. :)

As far as big missing features go, here's a short list:

* Splitting queries among CPUs--possibly even among machines--for OLAP

* In-place upgrades (pg_upgrade)

* Several varieties of replication, which I believe we as a project
  will eventually endorse and ship




* Windowing functions

* On-the-fly in-line calls out to PL/your_choice without needing to
  issue DDL

* Wild-eyed feral bits of the SQL standard like SQL/MED and SQL/XML

But all that leaves out the oldest, most honored Postgres tradition:

    Breaking New Ground.

We're definitely not done yet. :)

David Fetter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> http://fetter.org/
phone: +1 415 235 3778        AIM: dfetter666
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