First of all, I'd like to thank the folks at Sams for once again granting me the flexibility and freedom to build this book as I saw fit. Thanks to Mark Renfrow for all of his feedback (on this, and previous, books). Special thanks to Loretta Yates for bravely stepping in midstream to help get the project back on track, and for even greater bravery in signing up for the next two titles in this series.
Thanks to my technical editors, Jochem vanDieten and Timothy Boronczyk, for a superb (and brutally honest) technical review. Oh, and those "mistakes" were all deliberate, just to make sure you were paying attention. ;-)
And finally, this book was written in response to numerous requests from readers of my Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes. The feedback and suggestions were invaluable and greatly appreciated, and I hope I have lived up to your expectations.