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Acknowledgments

Every book I’ve written has literally had an entire army of people behind it that helped make it come to pass. This book is no exception. I will begin by thanking the many SQL Server MVPs and industry experts who reviewed this book and gave me a wealth of constructive feedback on it. I’m especially grateful to Greg Linwood, Tony Rogerson, Allan Mitchell, Darren Green, Aaron Bertrand, T. K. Dinesh, and Wayne Snyder. This wouldn’t be the book that it is without your contributions.

I would also like to thank my friends at Microsoft who reviewed the manuscript and helped me turn out a better book than I otherwise could have, particularly Bart Duncan, Robert Dorr, Keith Elmore, Bob Ward, Diane Larsen, Christa Carpentiere, Dick Dievendorff, and those on the SQL Server development team who reviewed the text. I’d also like to thank Vern Ameen of Microsoft for first believing in me and the value I would bring to the company. Thanks, Vern—your confidence in me will not be forgotten. I’d like to thank Ron Soukup, also formerly of Microsoft and the original “father” of SQL Server, for his belief in me and his support of my work. Ron, the talk we had shortly after you left the company made all the difference—thank you again for it.

From a personal standpoint, I’d like to thank my friends John Cochran and Lorraine Beaudette, who reviewed several portions of the manuscript and encouraged me to keep the edge on it when I was sorely tempted to round it off. Your support of my work and your personal friendship over the years are worth more to me than you will ever know.

My friend Neil Coy has, as always, been both a source of inspiration and a steadfast mentor throughout this project. I don’t think anyone who ever met Neil wasn’t influenced by him in some positive way, and I am certainly in his debt. This book has benefited from his influence, as have all my books. There are a few constants in my life that I’ve come to depend on. One of them is my close kinship with Neil Coy. Neil, you’re a coder’s coder. Thanks for all you taught me all those years ago and for all you continue to teach.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also pause to thank the wonderful people at Addison-Wesley who helped make this book possible. My editor, Karen Gettman, has been a real trooper throughout the whole project. Thanks for keeping me on track, Karen. Emily Frey, Karin Hansen, and Curt Johnson have also been a tremendous help in making this project come to pass. The production team, Elizabeth Ryan of Addison-Wesley, Kim Arney Mulcahy, Monica Groth Farrar, and Chrysta Meadowbrooke, have also been wonderful to work with. I will single out Chrysta here for special recognition: Chrysta, you’re the best copyeditor I’ve ever worked with—keep up the excellent work. And I’d like to also thank Carter Shanklin, who originally brought me to Addison-Wesley, and Michael Slaughter and Mary O’Brien, my former editors, who are largely responsible for the success we’ve had thus far.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my wife. Simply put, she is a saint. She has made this and every other book I’ve written possible. Her superhuman abilities as a mother help me get past the natural guilt that comes from being away from my kids for months at a time while I struggle along in my office cranking out my latest book. She makes the whip that Capote talks about a little more bearable. And she makes all the late nights and bleary-eyed mornings somehow worth it.

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