If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

—Sir Isaac Newton

I am not a genius, nor am I some form of pioneer in the database design world. I acknowledge that the following "people" have been extremely helpful in making this book happen. Some helped me directly, while others probably don't even know that this book exists. Either way, they have all been an important part of the process.

Far above anyone else, Jesus Christ, without whom I wouldn't have had the strength to complete the task of writing this book: I know I am not ever worthy of the love that You give me.

My wife Valerie Davidson and daughter Amanda Davidson for putting up with this craziness for a fourth time (and helping me with the ...

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