Brussels / 4 & 5 February 2023


Bulk Inserts With PostgreSQL: Four Methods For Efficient Data Loading

In a world where data continues to grow at an overwhelming rate, knowing how to load and insert data into PostgreSQL as efficiently as possible is a key skill for any software or data engineer. Whether loading data from files, manually generating multi-valued INSERT or UPSERT statements, or using some of the more popular language SDKs, knowing which option is right for each situation can sometimes be difficult to figure out.

This talk will review how to efficiently insert large amounts of data into PostgreSQL using freely available tools and well-crafted SQL. We'll demonstrate the usage of tools like COPY, how to batch data using multi-valued INSERT statements, functions to look for in language SDKs, and even demonstrate how to use array parameters to speed up multi-valued inserts.

By the end of this session, you will know at least four ways to insert bulk data, the impact it will have on your PostgreSQL database, and options for improving your current application code to perform at its best!


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