System Notes

“SN 1: Kimball’s Data Architecture”: description of Ralph Kimball’s warehouse architecture.

“SN 0: Introduction to System Notes”: why and what of system notes.

Referenced Authors

Edsger W. Dijkstra. Early and great contributor to Software Engineering and Formal Methods. Cited in post “System Notes” (3/29/2010) as an inspiration for the idea for System Notes. See the Dijkstra Archive for a repository of Dijkstra’s notes (the book Selected Writings in Computing is a best-of collection of Dijkstra’s notes).

Ralph Kimball. Kimball is best known for his wide-ranging contributions to decision support systems.  It is so difficult to communicate how to design beautiful systems; Kimball’s book, The Data Warehouse Toolkit, masterfully does just that. While Kimball is best known for his writings on dimensional modeling, “Kimball’s Architecture” (4/11/2010) describes the architecture Kimball recommends for enterprise warehousing, which is appreciated much less widely, but is equally valuable.

David L. Parnas. Early and great contributor to Software Engineering and Formal Methods, credited with coining the term “Information Hiding.” Post “Keeping Secrets” discusses one of his most influential articles, “On the criteria to be used in decomposing systems into modules.”

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