I am very excited to report that we have finally released PostGIS 1.4. We are still preparing the windows binariesUPDATE: Windows binaries are now available and installers which will become available in the coming week for PostgreSQL 8.2,8.3, and 8.4.
Below are the details excerpted from Paul Ramsey's postgis news announcement. We also recently came back from OSCON 2009 where we gave a
talk on Tips and Tricks for writing PostGIS spatial queries. In that talk we showcased some of the new features of PostGIS 1.4, as well as demonstrating
how the new Windowing and Common Table Expressions introduced in PostgreSQL 8.4 simplifies and provides more options for writing PostGIS spatial queries. We'll be making the slides and data available
We are currently finalizing our first draft of this. Sadly we are a little behind on schedule, but hope to make the time up in the coming month. We'll provide more details on sponsorship and availability
as the story unfolds. You can expect to see the general essential stuff like, backup, restore, the growing family of PostgeSQL PL/Languages and examples of them, basic architecture, common SQL constructs. In addition
we will show case some of the new PostgreSQL 8.4 enhancements.
As Paul duly noted in his blog entry Working in the Cathedral
the model for PostGIS development is morphing, but I wouldn't call this morphing process one that is entirely toward the Cathedral model. Unlike the perceived Cathedral model, I would like to think we will have more frequent releases and beta releases, perhaps parallel experimental builds and most importantly, more fun.
The main idea being making it much easier for mere mortals and fake mortals to taste test the cookies in the oven while they are cooking. By fake I mean unit tests, build bots, and computer generated people where the fear of destruction is removed.
I feel this is the similar model PostgreSQL goes by or is trying to achieve.