Recently I followed a link to http://postgresapp.com/ and was intrigued by what I saw.
Not just the icon, which is nice, but the actual app itself. Go ahead and check out the site for more accurate information, but basically it comes down to this:
- Download the file
- Unarchive it
- Move Postgres.app to your /Applications folder
- Start up the app
That’s it. You then have a fully-functioning install of PostgreSQL 9.1+ for your Mac. To update, you go ahead and download the next version, shut off the currently-running one, and then move the new one over to /Applications again.
There is a ton more information at their documentation page, so head on over to find out more. This is a HUGE win as far as simplicity when installing PostgreSQL so that you can begin work on applications for Heroku (who just announced their free development database built on PostgreSQL 9.1). Head on over and try it out.