How to play with upcoming, unreleased, PostgreSQL?

Lately reader of my blog asked about some detail, and then in next comment said that he doesn't have PostgreSQL 12 (which is currently developed version of Pg) available.

Well, I answered the original question, but I figured that if someone is reading my Waiting for … series, then it would make sense that such person could play with devel Pg herself.

So, here is how to get it done.

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Test driven development for PostgreSQL

I have a mixed love/hate relationship with tests.

I hate writing them. I hate remembering to add them when I'm in the zone, and application code is flowing freely from the tips of my fingers.

But when I do add them, I absolutely love the ability to twist and replace the most core innards of application, and be able to tell that at least the sanity check of the code passes.

I love them even more when they prevent me for repeating some mistake/bug – i.e. when there is a bug, and I have tests (which clearly failed, as they didn't catch the bug), I add test for this specific bug, so I know that in future it will not happen again.

For a long time I've been fan of stored procedures (or functions) – of course not for everything, but where it makes sense.

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