We’d like to take a moment to thank a few special individuals at O’Reilly & Associates. First, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Gigi Estabrook, the initial editor of this book, and Robert Denn, the ultimate editor of this book. Gigi’s outstanding work and caring attitude were always refreshing and rejuvenating. Robert’s attention to detail and exceptional management skills are the reason this book is here today. Thank you both! And of course, thanks to Tim O’Reilly for having a direct hand in the birth of this book.
We also owe a debt to our fine technical reviewers. To Thomas Lockhard (PostgreSQL and SQL99), Matthew Toennies and Jonathan Gennick (Oracle), Baya Pavliachvili and Ron Talmage (Microsoft SQL Server), and George Reese (MySQL): we owe you a hearty thanks! Your contributions have greatly improved the accuracy, readability, and value of this book. Without you, our sections on each of the language extensions would have been on shaky ground.