CHAPTER 1Introduction to Database Concepts

And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies' plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger.

—C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

From the beginning of my career as a data architect to just yesterday (no matter what day you read this, what I'm about to say is extremely unlikely to change), I have encountered one reality that was completely difficult to beat. Doing things right is never an easy sale to a management system where the clock on the wall is the primary driver for all projects. Couple that with the fact that there are usually many times more functional programmers waiting on the database, all telling management that they can't do anything until the database ...

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