Review: Pentaho 3.2 Data Integration Beginner's Guide
I've know Maria for some time now, since we're both moderators of Pentaho's Spanish forums. Having proof of her extensive skill with PDI by her numerous contributions to the community, I was quite excited about seeing the results of her efforts on creating a book that would allow complete beginners to enter the huge world of the world's most advanced Free / Open Source data integration software.
It certainly took me some time to find the moment to write this, so it has already been said a couple of times before, but the main thing about this book is that it perfectly hits the spot: having experience teaching Pentaho's courses, it becomes quite evident that the most important thing for a beginner in order to understand and to be able to use PDI is to practice. A lot. And then, perhaps, after you've acquired some experience, learn about the theory behind it, which will allow you to take it one step further.
This book achieves that wonderfully: it gives you just enough theory to support what you will be doing, and then progressively presents excellent exercises that will take you through PDI's features in a very easy to follow way, gradually building on concepts in a manner that evidences the experience and skills of the author.
I have been -and will be- recommending this book to anyone approaching PDI for the first time and to those who, having some experience, have only used a fraction of PDI's power. A true asset for the Pentaho community: https://www.packtpub.com/pentaho-3-2...ers-guide/book
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