Relational Databases with Craig Kerstiens

Relational databases are used by most applications. MySQL, Postgres, Microsoft SQL Server, and other products implement the core features of a relational database in different ways. A developer who has never studied this space in detail may not know the differences between these databases, and in this episode we describe some tradeoffs that relational databases can make.
Craig Kerstiens is an engineer at Citus Data, a company that makes scalable Postgres. We talk  about the requirements for a relational database, ACID compliance, how different databases handle different distributed systems problems, and the recent blog post from Uber about the company’s switch from Postgres to MySQL.


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