Making Databases Work: The Pragmatic Wisdom of Michael StonebrakerBy: Michael Lawrence Brodie
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At the ACM Awards banquet in June 2017, during the 50th anniversary celebration of the A.M. Turing Award, ACM announced the launch of the ACM A.M. Turing Book Series, a sub-series of ACM Books, to honor the winners of the A.M. Turing Award, computing’s highest honor, the “Nobel Prize” for computing. This series aims to celebrate the accomplishments of awardees, explain their major contributions of lasting importance in computing. Michael R. Stonebraker: 2014 A.M. Turing Award Winner, the first book in the series, is intended to celebrate Mike’s contributions and impact to experts who should value the book for comprehensiveness and to non-experts who may value the book for impact. What accomplishments warranted computing’s highest honor? How did Stonebraker do it? Who is Mike Stonebraker—researcher, professor, CTO, lecturer, innovative product developer, serial entrepreneur, and decades-long leader, and, as Phil Bernstein has said, research evangelist for the database community. This book is intended to evaluate the enormous amount of published work on Mike and his contributions, and evaluate it in light of the Turing Award and place it in context.