How we did it:
Ralph Kimball, Joe Caserta
Cowritten by Ralph Kimball, the world's leading data warehousing authority, whose previous books have sold more than 150,000 copies Delivers real-world solutions for the most time- and labor-intensive portion of data warehousing-data staging, or the extract, transform, load (ETL) process Delineates best practices for extracting data from scattered sources, removing redundant and inaccurate data, transforming the remaining data into correctly formatted data structures, and then loading the end product into the data warehouse Offers proven time-saving ETL techniques, comprehensive guidance on building dimensional structures, and crucial advice on ensuring data quality
Microsoft SQL Server implements extensive support for location-based data. Pro Spatial with SQL Server 2012 introduces SQL Server’s spatial feature set, and covers everything you'll need to know to store, manipulate, and analyze information about the physical location of objects in space. You’ll learn about the geography and geometry datatypes, and how to apply them in practical situations involving the spatial relationships of people, places, and things on Earth. Author Alastair Aitchison first introduces you to SQL Server’s spatial feature set and the fundamental concepts involved in working with spatial data, including spatial references and co-ordinate systems. You’ll learn to query, analyze, and interpret spatial data using tools such as Bing Maps and SQL Server Reporting Services. Throughout, you'll find helpful code examples that you can adopt and extend as a basis for your own projects. Explains spatial concepts from the ground up—no prior knowledge is necessary Provides comprehensive guidance for every stage of working with spatial data, from importing through cleansing and storing, to querying, and finally for retrieval and display of spatial data in an application layer Brilliantly illustrated with code examples that run in SQL Server 2012, that you can adapt and use as the basis for your own projects. What you’ll learn The fundamental concepts involved in working with spatial data, including spatial references and co-ordinate systems How to create and store spatial data using the geometry and geography data types How to use of spatial indexes in the design of highly-performant databases Write spatial queries to answer practical, business questions Pass spatial data seamlessly between database and application layers using T-SQL and C# Overcome common issues, including how to deal with invalid, imprecise, or erroneous spatial data Apply advanced techniques such as routefinding and clustering Who this book is for Pro Spatial with SQL Server 2012 is the go-to book for anyone involved in spatial applications involving Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The book helps database administrators create and optimize the performance of spatial database. The book gives developers what they need to know in order to make effective use of the extensive support for location-based data provided by SQL Server, T-SQL, and C#. Table of Contents1. Spatial Reference Systems 2. Spatial Features 3. Spatial Datatypes 4. Creating Spatial Data 5. Importing Spatial Data 6. Geocoding 7. Precision, Validity, and Errors 8. Transformation and Reprojection 9. Examining Spatial Properties 10. Modification and Simplification 11. Aggregation and Combination 12. Testing Spatial Relationships 13. Clustering and Distribution Analysis 14. Route Finding 15. Triangulation and Tesselation 16. Visualization and User Interface 17. Reporting Services 18. Indexing 19.