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Learning Google BigQuery

By : Thirukkumaran Haridass, Mikhail Berlyant, Eric Brown
Book Image

Learning Google BigQuery

By: Thirukkumaran Haridass, Mikhail Berlyant, Eric Brown

Overview of this book

Google BigQuery is a popular cloud data warehouse for large-scale data analytics. This book will serve as a comprehensive guide to mastering BigQuery, and how you can utilize it to quickly and efficiently get useful insights from your Big Data. You will begin with getting a quick overview of the Google Cloud Platform and the various services it supports. Then, you will be introduced to the Google BigQuery API and how it fits within in the framework of GCP. The book covers useful techniques to migrate your existing data from your enterprise to Google BigQuery, as well as readying and optimizing it for analysis. You will perform basic as well as advanced data querying using BigQuery, and connect the results to various third party tools for reporting and visualization purposes such as R and Tableau. If you're looking to implement real-time reporting of your streaming data running in your enterprise, this book will also help you. This book also provides tips, best practices and mistakes to avoid while working with Google BigQuery and services that interact with it. By the time you're done with it, you will have set a solid foundation in working with BigQuery to solve even the trickiest of data problems.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)
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Google Cloud and Google BigQuery

Using the bq utility for BigQuery

The bq command-line utility is used to interact with the Google BigQuery service on Google Cloud Platform:

  • Use the following command to check the version of the bq utility once the SDK is installed:
bq version
  • Type the following command to confirm which project the bq utility will use. The bq utility shares settings with the gcloud utility. If you wish to change the project, then run the command in the second line and choose the project you want to work on:
gcloud info
gcloud init
If an older version of Google Cloud SDK is installed on the machine, then run the bq init command to choose the default project for the bq utility to use. Use the bq help option to see the complete details of the command, its options, and its switches.
  • The first step in using BigQuery is to create a dataset in a project and then create tables...