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Interesting and well-written content partially ruined by bizzarre, American 'wacky' jokes
on 26 February 2014
I imagine that this book was written normally and then either the author or the publisher or both decided "hey, this is a 'for dummies' book we need to make it lively and fun to read" and so they decided to pepper it with fun, wacky jokes and comments in the belief that this would somehow make it more enjoyable to read.
Let me tell you, there is nothing 'fun' about data warehousing, which is not to say that it isn't interesting or relevant if you are in that line of work, however it's not something you are going to be joking about down the pub. In fact, if you are even talking about it at all down the pub then it had better be with work colleagues (who also work in data warehousing) and not your mates, otherwise they won't be your mates for very long.
The way the author has done this makes him come across as some hideous, Alan Partridge-esque geek snorting through laughs as he makes ridiculous, patronising comments about relational database technology and OLAP cubes.
Possibly there is a cultural mismatch here and this is all completely acceptable in America, however if that is the case then it really doesn't translate well.
However, if you can rise above or ignore completely those few peppered comments the book is actually a very good and well-written overview of data warehousing, hence the 3 stars