Introduction

Who Should Read This Book?

Late one Friday afternoon, your boss comes into your undersized cubicle and drops a new project onto your desk. This project looks just like the others you have been working on, except it includes ties to several databases. Recently, your company decided to move away from homegrown, flat-file data and is now using a relational database. You've seen terms such as SQL, tables, records, queries, and RDBMS, but you don't remember exactly what they all mean. You notice the due date on the program is three, no, make that two, weeks away. (Apparently it had been on your boss's desk for a week!) As you begin looking for definitions and sample code to put those definitions into context, you discover this book.

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