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Snowflake Cookbook

By : Hamid Mahmood Qureshi, Hammad Sharif
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Book Image

Snowflake Cookbook

5 (1)
By: Hamid Mahmood Qureshi, Hammad Sharif

Overview of this book

Snowflake is a unique cloud-based data warehousing platform built from scratch to perform data management on the cloud. This book introduces you to Snowflake's unique architecture, which places it at the forefront of cloud data warehouses. You'll explore the compute model available with Snowflake, and find out how Snowflake allows extensive scaling through the virtual warehouses. You will then learn how to configure a virtual warehouse for optimizing cost and performance. Moving on, you'll get to grips with the data ecosystem and discover how Snowflake integrates with other technologies for staging and loading data. As you progress through the chapters, you will leverage Snowflake's capabilities to process a series of SQL statements using tasks to build data pipelines and find out how you can create modern data solutions and pipelines designed to provide high performance and scalability. You will also get to grips with creating role hierarchies, adding custom roles, and setting default roles for users before covering advanced topics such as data sharing, cloning, and performance optimization. By the end of this Snowflake book, you will be well-versed in Snowflake's architecture for building modern analytical solutions and understand best practices for solving commonly faced problems using practical recipes.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Using the Snowflake WebUI and executing a query

There are two interactive Snowflake tools that can be used to connect to a Snowflake instance: the SnowSQL command-line utility and the web-based Snowflake WebUI. The Snowflake WebUI is the most common way to connect to a Snowflake instance, execute queries, and perform administrative functions such as creating new database objects, managing virtual warehouses, managing security, and reviewing the costs associated with your instance. In this recipe, we will connect to our Snowflake instance that we created previously and explore the important components of the Snowflake Web UI. We will then create an empty table and run a test query on top of that table.

Getting ready

You should have received a link to your Snowflake instance in your account activation email. Make sure you have the link and your username and the password handy so that you can log into the Snowflake Web UI.

How to do it…

The steps for this recipe are...