Preface (First Edition)

If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking upon Creation, I should have recommended something simpler.

--ALFONSO X, KING OF CASTILE AND LEON

Creating a database can be like creating a universe, only more complicated. At least when the universe was created, there was no one around to complain.

--MICHAEL J. HERNANDEZ

It all started with a simple question: How do I properly design a database?

It was a question that propelled me onto an interesting journey—a journey to find someone or some book that could provide the answer. This journey has taken me to a number of bookstores and put me in the path of many interesting and fascinating people. I've read a variety of books on the ...

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