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Learning Google BigQuery

By : Thirukkumaran Haridass, Mikhail Berlyant, Eric Brown
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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

Data type considerations

Let's further discuss these data types:

  • Floating-point: Unlike integers, which must be whole numbers, floating-point numbers can have fractional components and can have special non-numeric values such as NaN (not a number), Inf (infinite), or null.
In order to avoid non-numeric values, make sure your mathematical calculations deal with non-numerics using the IFNULL() and <IFNULL(FUNCTION,0)> function for Legacy SQL. For Standard SQL, wrap the IFNULL() function around the SAFE_DIVIDE() function for situations such as dividing zero by zero.
  • String: Don't store all values as string in the table. Use appropriate data types, for example for TRUE or FALSE use Boolean type instead of storing the value as string. 
  • Date: Date is stored in YYYY-MM-DD format. Month and day can both be either 2 or 1 digit.
  • Datetime: Usually...