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MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook Paperback – Aug 9 2011
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About the Author
Tomislav Piasevoli is a Business Intelligence Specialist with years of experience with SQL Server Analysis Services. He lives in Croatia and works for SoftPro Tetral d.o.o. (http://www.softpro.hr), a company with a long tradition in building advanced SSAS frontends and implementing BI solutions on the Microsoft platform. During his career in the company, Tomislav has successfully implemented more than 20 still-in-use BI solutions and now specializes in dimensional modeling, cube design and MDX. Tomislav has been honored with Microsoft's MVP award twice, mostly for his contribution to the SSAS community on the MSDN forum. Besides solving MDX puzzles, he presents at conferences, writes articles for magazines, and maintains his blog at http://tomislav.piasevoli.com
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Top Customer Reviews
In general the book is very well structured.Read more ›
I will add MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook by Tomislav Piasevoli (MVP - SQL Server) to my recommendation list. This book takes an interesting approach that will be particularly appealing to readers who have already mastered the basics. As its name suggests, the book is a collection of recipes that you can quickly refer to when you tackle a specific MDX requirement. For example, suppose you need to obtain the last date with data in the cube. You flip to Chapter 2: Working with Time and you find a section Getting Values on The Last Date With Data. In it, the author provides the necessary background to explain the concept and provides a 9-step recipe for implementing it. Besides its practical and concise style, another thing that I liked about this book is that it targets the Adventure Works cube so you don't have to spend time installing and learning other databases. You can hit the ground running by just copying and executing the query.
All in all, this is great book to add to your repertoire of Analysis Services books. The author is an industry-recognized expert who has many years of experience in developing BI solutions with Analysis Services and this becomes evident quickly. Get the recipes!
Tomislav's book is definitely not for beginners. There is an underlying assumption that you already have some familiarity with the basics of MDX. The purpose of this book is to provide you with the tools necessary to continue building your skills. The chapters group together a series of related concepts, called recipes. You don't need to read the book sequentially from cover to cover. Instead, you search for the desired outcome, such as handling division by zero errors (described in Chapter 1) or calculating row numbers (found in Chapter 7). Ideally, you don't just read the recipe, but actually try out the steps yourself. I did some of my reading of this book when I was away from my laptop, and frequently found that I wanted to try out something that Tomislav mentioned.Read more ›
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Firstly, it is a cookbook - Tomislav has written recipes for a large amount of real-world scenarios. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2011 by Boyan Penev
I think my friend Tomislav did a great job on this book and it would make a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone that is working with MDX. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2011 by Mr Darren Gosbell
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