Preface (Second Edition)

Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey . . .

--JONATHAN RABAN FOR LOVE AND MONEY

I believe that learning about database design is an ongoing process. I'm always learning more and more about the intricacies and nuances of design—and so will you.

--MICHAEL J. HERNANDEZ DATABASE DESIGN FOR MERE MORTALS

In the six years since the first edition of this book was published, I've continued my journey along the database path. I've dug deeper into the intracacies of design and probed further into the philosophy of good design. I've learned much from numerous conversations with my database students and industry colleagues and from the correspondence I've had with those ...

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