Quick Start Guide to Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Lake Server, and Azure Data Warehouse 1st Edition
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- Publisher : De|G PRESS; 1st edition (December 17, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 116 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1547417358
- ISBN-13 : 978-1547417353
- Item Weight : 7.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.91 x 0.27 x 9.06 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beware! Azure platform keep evolving so there could be some PaaS reference in this book that has been changed, for example, Azure SQL Data Warehouse has been renamed to Azure Synapse. I wouldn't blame author for this.
"Quick Start Guide to Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Lake Server, and Azure Data Warehouse" by Beckner, De|G Press, Dec 2018, £20
"Hands-On Data Warehousing with Azure Data Factory: ETL techniques to load and transform data from various sources, both on-premises and on cloud" by Cote, Gitzait and Ciaburro, Packt, May 2018, £33
"Understanding Azure Data Factory: Operationalizing Big Data and Advanced Analytics Solutions" by Rawat, Packt, Dec 2018, £20
"The Modern Data Warehouse in Azure: Building with Speed and Agility on Microsoft's Cloud Platform" by How, June 2020, £24
I have skimmed all four, and what I have to say about this title is that it is similar to the book by Cote, Gitzait and Ciaburro - Iet me call it "CGC" - in being a sketchy helicopter tour of a set of Azure technologies. Between the two, Beckner's is sketchier but more up-to-date - even so, its screenshots of creating a blank “data factory” are no longer what you will see in Azure Portal - and sticks to data engineering (for example, towards the end it talks about Azure SQL Warehouse, now known as Azure Synapse Analytics), whereas CGC hops off to different subjects midway through the book. (By the way, when it says "Azure Data Lake Server", it means Data Lake Storage (and, later, Data Lake Analytics). The older CCR goes with Blob Storage instead of DLS).
Personally, I would save my £20 and make use of higher-quality, zero-cost online resources, starting with ADF documentation - including “Get started” and "Tutorials" sections. There are good ADF videos too - for example, I liked "Integrating Data With Azure Data Factory" from WWT, "Azure Data Factory v2 Tutorial for Beginners" by Bradley Schacht and "Building Data Flows in Azure Data Factory" from Pragmatic Works.