This book would not exist if not for the "pattern" works by those such as Dave Hay and Len Silverston (with Paul Agnew making a later appearance alongside Len). Their willingness to share with the world their accumulated experiences has enriched my working life, and that of so many others. They, and a number of others from the object-oriented world, have created entire libraries of assembly patterns. We all owe them much.

My own foundations in the data modeling world were challenged and extended when I was privileged to join Graeme Simsion and his team. They were heady days, and I am sure every one of Graeme's team came away better for the experience. I hesitate to name any of them as they all gave so much to me, but the patience ...

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