I would like to thank Robert Elliott, executive editor at Wiley Publishing for the wonderful opportunity to work on this book, and for the patience with which he helped me to navigate the editorial process. His friendly managerial style and valuable insights helped to keep the project on track and on time.
Many thanks to the Wiley Editorial team, especially to my project editor, Christopher Rivera, for the patience and meticulousness in preparing the text for publication. His suggestions and guidance helped to make this book better.
I would like to thank my technical editor and my friend, Boris M. Trukhnov, for the thorough technical editing of the book and his illuminating insights into the subject.
I would like to thank Robert M. Manning for helping with SQuirreL Universal SQL Client introduction (Appendix D) and to the entire SQuirreL development project team for the work that went into delivering this great free open source application.
My thanks go to Dzmitry Aliaksandrau, CCNA, for preparing screenshots for the database products used in the book and help in putting together the presentations. I'd like to thank Andrey Pfliger for help with testing SQL scripts in the book and suggestions on how to make the content more accessible for the readers.