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An updated version of the leading tutorial and reference on the MDX query language
Now in its second edition, this invaluable reference explains why MDX (MulitDimensional eXpressions) is the most widely accepted software used for dimensional application. You'll learn how to build effective multidimensional data warehouses and you'll gain the necessary skills to access and analyze data to make better business decisions.
After a brief overview of the syntax and semantics of the MDX language, the authors move directly to the tutorial, providing practical examples of MDX in use. With more than 60 percent revised and updated content, this new edition addresses the increased number of analytical applications that use MDX. The authors cover both the changes in the MDX language itself as well as major changes in its implementation with the latest software releases of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase.
This unrivaled book includes:
- The range of possibilities specific to Microsoft and Hyperion
- Techniques and tricks of combining the different functions of MDX to solve a variety of problems
- Capabilities of SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, and how its relationship with MDX has changed from the prior version
- The standard syntax of MDX that handles the constructs and capabilities of numerous servers
- Detailed reference appendices for MDX operators, functions, and related connection settings
The companion Web site includes a collection of sample databases and code for use in Analysis Services and Essbase, and an MDX query interface for Essbase.
MDX Solutions is both a tutorial and a reference guide to the MDX query language. It shows data warehouse developers what they need to know to build effective multidimensional data warehouses. And it teaches users what they need to know to access and analyze data to make better business decisions. The Second Edition provides 200 additional pages of new material covering both changes in the MDX language itself as well as major changes in its implementation with the latest software releases of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase.
- Serving as both a tutorial and a reference guide to the MDX (Multidimensional Expressions) query language, this book shows data warehouse developers what they need to know to build effective multidimensional data warehouses
- After a brief overview of the MDX language and a look at how it is used to access data in sophisticated, multidimensional databases and data warehousing, the authors move directly to providing practical examples of MDX in use
- New material covers changes in the MDX language itself as well as major changes in its implementation with the latest software releases of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase
- Also covers more advanced techniques, like aggregation, query templates, and MDX optimization, and shows users what they need to know to access and analyze data to make better business decisions
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
is a Distinguished Engineer at Hyperion Solutions, Inc. and the author of the first edition of MDX Solutions
Sivakumar Harinath is the Test Lead for Analysis Services 2005 at Microsoft.
Christopher Webb is a technical architect who specializes in BI solutions at IMS Health in London.
Dylan Hai Huang is currently working as a program manager in Microsoft Office Business Application Team. Before joining the current team, he had been working in Microsoft Analysis Service Performance Team. His main interests are business intelligence, high performance computation and data mining.
Francesco Civardi is Chief Scientist at DaisyLabs, a Business Intelligence Company. He is also Professor of Data Analysis Tools and Techniques at the Catholic Universities of Brescia and Cremona.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1:A A First Introduction to MDX.
Chapter 2: Introduction to MDX Calculated Members and Named Sets.
Chapter 3: Common Calculations and Selections in MDX.
Chapter 4: MDX Query Context and Execution.
Chapter 5: Named Sets and Set Aliases.
Chapter 6: Sorting and Ranking in MDX.
Chapter 7: Advanced MDX Application Topics.
Chapter 8: Using the Attribute Data Model of Microsoft Analysis Services.
Chapter 9: Using Attribute Dimensions and Member Properties in Hyperion Essbase.
Chapter 10: Extending MDX through External Functions.
Chapter 11: Changing the Cube and Dimension Environment through MDX.
Chapter 12: The Many Ways to Calculate in Microsoft Analysis Services.
Chapter 13: MDX Scripting in Analysis Services 2005.
Chapter 14: Enriching the Client Interaction.
Chapter 15: Client Programming Basics.
Chapter 16: Optimizing MDX.
Chapter 17: Working with Local Cubes.
Appendix A: MDX Function and Operator Reference.
Appendix B: Connection Parameters That Affect MDX.
Appendix C: Intrinsic Cell and Member Properties.
Appendix D: Format String Codes.