Writing a User-defined datatype

Heikki Linnakangas

Pivotal Ltd

PostgreSQL hacker

Duration 45 min

Walk-through of extending PostgreSQL with a user-defined type. The journey begins from the basics, from creating simple domain types over existing types, and continues to implementing a full-blown datatype from scratch in C.

PostgreSQL's advanced index types, GiST, GIN, and SP-GiST, are covered in enough detail to give an understanding of what each of them is good for. Support functions for each of them are shown for the example 'color' datatype.

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