This is the most useful engineering book I’ve read. It balances theory and application in very plain English. Many things I knew fell into perspective and a cohesive “why” even after working in the space for a while.
There’s a special moment when the magic disappears and reveals itself as a simple set of rules to either work with or around. DDIA made me feel like I warped to this point and could approach the often overly complex systems out there by understanding intent instead of mechanics. I wish I had read it years ago.
I saw the author talk on turning the database inside out and that was majestic. I’m glad there’s a book. I owe him the investment just for the mind opening he provided me with that talk.