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OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing) is the most powerful Business Intelligence tool currently available and Microsoft's Analysis Manager makes OLAP cubes incredibly easy to build and deploy. However the real power of OLAP lies in its ability to help you solve real-life business problems; to release that power you need to use the language that controls the cubes and allows them to be queried. That language is MDX (Multi Dimensional eXpressions).
Fast Track to MDX gives you all the necessary background to let you to write useful, powerful MDX expressions and introduces the most frequently used MDX functions and constructs. No prior knowledge is assumed and examples are used throughout the book to rapidly develop your MDX skills to the point where you can solve real business problems.
Mark Whitehorn, co-author of the best-selling Inside Relational Databases, is renowned for his knowledge of database systems and the lucidity of his writing. Robert Zare is a Program Manager for Analysis Services at Microsoft: his inspiring talks on MDX sowed the seeds from which this book grew. Mosha Pasumansky was one of the authors of the OLEDB for OLAP specification that defined the MDX language and later he was the developer in charge of the first implementation of MDX in the Microsoft OLAP Services 7.0 product. He is currently the development lead of the Analysis Services engine team.
Second Edition – It was the clarity, precision and sheer readability of the first edition that made it a best-seller. With that firmly in mind the authors have left the original 18 chapters intact (apart from minor updates); meaning that the second edition remains the best introduction to MDX that is available. What they have done is to add three brand new chapters. These introduce the topic of recursion in MDX, walk the reader through the process of creating recursive expressions and finally demonstrate how recursion can be used to effectively solve a series of business problems.
Forward by Amir Netz, Product Unit Manager, SQL Server – Analysis Services at Microsoft.
I should say, if you really want to understand MDX, this book is the place to start. The author presents the information in a very logical manner, building gradually, and... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
This has been written by a technical writer who only has a very vague knowledge of MDX. So it has a chatty tone, but nothing beyond the superficial is covered. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by A. Berglas
This book has excellent coverage on MDX in general, and MS-AS in particular. It's a great book to start with, and the best book I've seen in the market. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Che J. Hsu
Fast Track to MDX is a great book to get started in the complex world of MDX. It takes the time to explain the basic elements of MDX through examples and easy to understand... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003
I've been reading a few MDX books and I must say that this is 'The' book to start with.
Clear and easy to understand. Read more
The authors do a terrific job in explaining the fundamentals of MDX. I really liked their style explaining how MDX expressions are composed, explaining the differences between... Read morePublished on June 1 2003 by Josef Schiefer
This is a fantastic book to get you started with MDX. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. The authors give you the information you need for the most commonly used... Read morePublished on May 18 2003 by Janice J Oliver