“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 along the way. Some help 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, for putting up with this craziness for a fifth time.

Gary Cornell, for giving me ...

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