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Building a Data Warehouse: With Examples in SQL Server Paperback – Dec 15 2011
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The author has set out to write "a book containing all the essential subjects of building a data warehouse" (quote from the introduction). However, given the breadth of the material the author tries to cover (and given the sometimes annoyingly plentiful screenshots and SQL code) there is not enough room to give the necessary background and generalize the examples enough to be more useful than just that, examples.
For a much better attempt to cover both principles and a specific platform, a much better choice is The Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit (by Joy Mundy and Warren Thornthwaite), also covering SQL Server 2005.
For someone looking for just the practical part on how to use the Microsoft tools (SQL Server, SSIS, SSAS) to implement a Data Warehouse and already knows the general principles of data warehousing is probably better off buying a book or several books that cover just those specific tools.
There are tons of practical examples from an author who has a wealth of technical experience in this field.
This book is highly recommended.
It is just what I had been looking for, simple explanations and all the information needed for someone starting out who wants to know and actually do the process of building a data warehouse from scratch in the MS environment.
I prefer this to the MS Data Warehouse Toolkit which is also a good book but makes far too many assumptions on readers prior knowledge.
I am so glad I found this book.
15 stars if it was possible :-)
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