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PG2: A Fast PostgreSQL Driver For Clojure

PG2 is a client library for PostgreSQL server. It succeeds PG(one) -- my early attempt to make a JDBC-free client. Comparing to it, PG2 has the following features:

It's fast. Benchmarks prove up to 3 times performance boost compared to Next.JDBC. A simple HTTP application which reads data from the database and responds with JSON handles 2 times more RPS. For details, see the "benchmarks" below.

It's written in Java with a Clojure layer on top of it. Unfortunately, Clojure is not as fast as Java. For performance sake, I've got to implement most of the logic in pure Java. The Clojure layer is extremely thin and serves only to call certain methods.

It's still Clojure friendly: by default, all the queries return a vector of maps, where the keys are keywords. You don't need to remap the result in any way. But moreover, the library provides dozens of ways to group, index, a reduce a result.

It supports JSON out from the box: There is no need to extend any protocols and so on. Read and write json(b) with ease as Clojure data! Also, JSON reading and writing as really fast, again: 2-3 times faster than in Next.JDBC.

It supports COPY operations: you can easily COPY OUT a table into a stream. You can COPY IN a set of rows without CSV-encoding them because it's held by the library. It also supports binary COPY format, which is faster.

It supports java.time. classes. The ordinary JDBC clients still use Timestamp class for dates, which is horrible. In PG2, all the java.time.* classes are supported for reading and writing.

...And plenty of other features.


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