At some point early in 2012, my friend Chris Shaw innocuously asked me if I would be interested in writing. Chris and I were preparing for a presentation for a SQL event. I really thought that the question was simple. I had some articles at various SQL Server websites under my belt and had even just finished a series of three articles. It turned into much, much more.

As I was struggling with my early versions of my chapter, Allen Hirt went above and beyond the call of duty, as he volunteered to edit my document in its early stages. As an established author, he was profoundly helpful. I learned so much from him.

As other authors were working on their chapters, several of them spurred me on as they tweeted about their tasks via ...

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