Models are the core components of dbt. dbt models are the materialization of the data modeling and transformations you want to apply to data. So, dbt designed them in a simple way to let data engineers be able to work on them with no headaches.
When working with models, you can start modeling data from sources, or you can start transforming data available in other dbt models you have already defined. To let dbt understand which data start from, you use the ref and source macros.
When applying transformations to your data, you may want to define multiple steps of transformations, and you may want some transformations to be materialized in a different way than others. Because of that, dbt allows you to materialize models in different ways such as views, tables, and with no materialization (ephemeral). The last one means that the model you are building is only available when dbt is executing, so no data is persisted on the database.
Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to:
To get the most from this lab, you should have basic knowledge of dbt. To get ready, you can use the following labs:
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