On 8th of November, Tom Lane committed patch, which doesn't provide any new features, but removes one of the more annoying footguns in PostgreSQL: Prevent invoking I/O conversion casts via functional/attribute notation. PG 8.4 added a built-in feature for casting pretty ...

PostgreSQL 8.3 brought us many great new features. Among them were concurrent autovacuum, enums, tsearch in core. On of the changes though made a lot of people dislike 8.3. It was removal of implicit casts.