Foreword

Database design is a passion that Louis and I share. This fall, I will be fortunate to share a stage with my friend, Louis Davidson. We're copresenting at DevLink in Louis's hometown of Nashville and then again at PASS in Seattle. Both times, we'll discuss, debate, and celebrate the topic of database design and how critical it is for any datacentric application.

Database design is part science and part art. There's a science to normalization, but determining the scope of the entity is an art form best learned from working with a broad repertoire of databases. There's a simple beauty to an elegant solution. Louis is more than an author or database designer; Louis is a master artisan, and in this book, you'll discover hidden within the ...

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