After completely failing to get postgres spanner setup I thought I’d compare how easy other platforms made it.
Some ground rules, I don’t include the time it takes to signup and login, and just getting a connection string isn’t enough, I have to be able to run a
Also I recorded videos for all of these setups but they were boring so I didn’t include them.
|name||time (sec)||time (mins)||notes|
|Neon||9||< 1||Although I couldn’t use table plus with the provided connection string, had to use
|Heroku Postgres||26||< 1|
|Render Postgres||57||< 1|
|Cockroach DB||162||3||Couldn’t get TablePlus to work with their encryption stuff, used psql instead|
|Mongo||277||5||TablePlus didn’t work so ended up having to download mongosh|
|Google Cloud Postgres||765||13||A little trouble exposing the instance to the world, but got there.|
|Amazon RDS||1973||33||Spent a ton of time messing with security groups and database visibility settings to actually connect to the database.|
|Cloud Spanner Postgres||DNF||DNF||Gave up after 1 hour of trying. Running the postgres java converter thing was annoying but auth was a complete nightmare.|
Some providers make auth setup way harder than it needs to be.
Lots of UIs made it difficult to copy the connection string text from the UI due to text selection issues.
Other sites only had bits and pieces of the connection params, so you have to play detective.
And finally, if you have a “setting up your database” status message in your UI, I shouldn’t refresh the page to see the database is ready and that the polling interval was too infrequent to notice.
Overall, there are a lot of easy to use offerings available!