Thanks go, first of all, to my editor of six years at O’Reilly & Associates, Deborah Russell. She got me off the dime on this project and helped me turn it around in record time (I started doing serious writing on this book in October 2000 and finished it up in January 2001). It was, once again, a real pleasure working with you, Debby!
Thanks as well to the other O’Reilly people who turned this book into a finished product: Mary Anne Weeks Mayo, the production editor; Ellie Volckhausen, who designed the cover; and Caroline Senay, the editorial assistant who helped in many ways throughout the project.
Many outstanding Oracle developers and DBAs contributed their time and expertise, through technical review, code samples, or writing. My deep-felt gratitude goes out to: John Beresniewicz, Rohan Bishop, Dick Bolz, Dan Clamage, Bill Caulkins, Dan Condon-Jones, Fawwad-uz-Zafar Siddiqi, Gerard Hartgers, Edwin van Hattem, Dwayne King, Darryl Hurley, Giovanni Jaramillo, Vadim Loevski, Pavel Luzanov, Matthew MacFarland, Jeffrey Meens, James “Padders” Padfield, Rakesh Patel, Bill Pribyl, Andre Vergison (the brains behind PL/Formatter), and Solomon Yakobson. This book benefited, in particular, from a reworking of best practice titles by John Beresniewicz, close readings of many chapters by Dan Clamage (whose excellent comments on certain best practices I’ve included as sidebars in the text), and the contribution of trigger best practices by Darryl Hurley.
Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices is a much improved text as a result of all of your assistance, my friends. Any errors, on the hand, are entirely my fault and responsibility.
I would also like to thank my wife, Veva, for volunteering to pick up Eli from Jordan’s house so that I could stay behind and write these acknowledgments (oh, and also for adding layer upon layer of meaning and happiness to my life).