I’d like to thank the folks at Addison-Wesley for once again granting me the flexibility and freedom to build this book as I saw fit. Special thanks to Mark Taber for helping turn this one around in record time, and for his guidance into what this series is evolving into.
Thanks to project editor Elaine Wiley for keeping the project moving and me on schedule, no easy task.
Thanks to Monty Widenius, (creator of MariaDB and MySQL), Daniel Bartholomew, and Colin Charles for their thorough technical review and feedback.
And finally, this book was written in response to an unsolicited request by Monty Widenius. Monty is the driving force behind some of the most successful database projects in history, and yet he still took the time ...