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By Christopher Adamson
ISBN 0071744320 / 9780071744324
McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Star Schema: The Complete Reference is Chris Adamson's comprehensive guide to dimensional modeling, written for anyone who works with star schemas, snowflakes or cubes. Its breadth and depth make it the definitive reference, ideal for beginners and experts alike.
Offering clear and easy to understand explanations of complex topics, it teaches the best practices of dimensional modeling and their underlying rationales, equipping you to make informed design decisions.
This reference is organized around dimensional design topics rather than vertical industry, so you can find what you need when you need it.
Architecture-neutral, the book’s practical advice can be put to use in any type of data warehouse, including those advocated by W.H. Inmon and Ralph Kimball.
Coverage begins with fundamentals, then follows a logical progression through advanced topics that address real-world complexity. All concepts are illustrated through real-world examples.
The book also explores the impact of design decisions on the BI and ETL processes, and discusses situations where it is useful to deviate from best practices.
The final chapter provides a comprehensive set of tasks and deliverables that can be incorporated into any project, regardless of architecture, scope or methodology.