I am indebted to many people for their help in completing this book. I work with the best and brightest at Oracle and each contributed to this project in one way or another.

First, I’d like to thank the book’s technical reviewers—in particular, Jonathan Lewis, Connor McDonald, Mogens Nørgaard, Anjo Kolk, and Mark Williams. Their insightful and brutally honest comments made this a much better book.

I want to extend a thank you to my coworkers as well for their support during this book-writing ordeal. It took much more time and energy than I ever imagined, and I appreciate their flexibility.

I’d also like to acknowledge Oracle users everywhere. Much of what I wrote about here arose directly from their excellent queries. In the book, ...

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