Pro SQL Server 2012 Bi Solutions (Expert's Voice in SQL Server) Paperback – 1 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Randal Root is a senior consultant specializing in .NET programming, SQL Server BI solutions, and technical education. Although he has worked in the industry as a network administrator, DBA, and programmer since the 1980s, for the last 10 years he has focused on providing technical training for businesses and schools such as Microsoft, the University of Washington, and Bellevue College. Randal has now authored two books, Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions (Apress) and A Tester s Guide to .NET Programming (Apress), and obtained several Microsoft professional certifications including MCSE, MCP+I, MCTS, MCDBA, MCAD, and MCT.
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And very likely it will differ since MS is constantly hacking up each VS version.
Do I have VS 2010 as stated in the book? Yep.
Do the instructions in book work for even just initially setting up (creating) the super simple data warehouse DB? NOPE.
As I was reading this book, I wondered if the authors had a specific goal in mind. What segment of the SQL 2012 admin/developers were they targeting?
The book is not for the beginners, but it is not for the advanced user either. If you want to have real deep understanding of SQL 2012 BI, then this book falls short. If you want to most comprehensive, yet shallow coverage, of SQL 2012 BI features, then this might be a worthwhile buy. But then again, having a shallow understanding of SQL 2012 BI is almost as good as having no understanding.
1)Very comprehensive coverage of SQL 2012 BI.
2)Good thought-out examples.
1)The printouts of the GUI examples are borderline illegible.
2)Not enough depth on any subject.
This book walks you through the process in creating a BI solution in a very detailed manner that helps newcomers to the subject. To enhance that knowledge, you should also investigate other sources of general data warehouse design so you can get a deeper understanding of the whys some things are done.
I would encourage Randal to put out a new book for SQL Server 2016 that incorporated topics like the Merge command and new features that have been developed over the last few versions like Tabular vs Multidimensional in the book and maybe even use of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. While there is still a lot of on-premises data warehouses, you can see that Microsoft is pushing into a new direction with cloud solutions like SQL Data Warehouse, Tabular modeling, a revised SSRS and now Power BI for visualizations.
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