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Chapter 6: Bulk SQL Operations > The Hardware Store

The Hardware Store

My journey toward the benefit of bulk operations began at the hardware store—not the computer hardware store, but the DIY-style store where you purchase tools, fixings, paint and the like to perform handyman projects and maintenance on the family home.

I love the hardware store. Of course, being an Information Technology professional, my knowledge about anything that remotely resembles manual labor is pretty much zero. So every time I arrive at the cash register to pay for a new tool or a new tin of paint, within about 5 seconds I am back in the aisles to pick up an accompanying item; for example, a new tin of paint is not much use without a paint brush! By the time I actually have all of the tools required to perform the job at hand, I’ve probably been back and forth to the cash register six or seven times, each trip accompanied by an increasing level of profanity from the person at the till. There’s a term of endearment my wife came up with when she observed me doing this—picking up a single....idiot. She’s right; I should just grab a trolley, collect all of the items I need, and pay for them all at once!


  

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