Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Packt Publishing (August 26, 2013)
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Originally, I gave the book three stars, but after seeing "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 MDX Step by Step" by Smith and Clay I want to give it a zero. Frankly, I am pretty upset with the authors, who produced *this* even with the benefit of seeing *that*. I am also pretty upset with the clueless reviewers. I myself was taken in by the positive reviews, and feel pretty sore about the wasted time and effort. Don't waste a second more on this inferior product - get the book by Smith and Clay.
Full disclosure: I haven't finished it yet. So far, while I don't doubt the validity of the content, it can be hard to follow (poor organization/editing), contains frequent english syntax errors (poor translation?), and is uncharacteristically dry even for a technical book. Three stars because, while I feel there are better intro alternatives (some free online), this content of the book will make you an MDX pro if you can get through it.
This book is the follower of the "MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008R2 Analysis Services Cookbook" originally written by Tomislav Piasevoli. For this second edition Sherry Li joined Tomislav and they combine their in deep knowledge of MDX and Analysis Services to bring the content of the book to an even higher level. The structure of the books is very similar and is again very easy to follow. It starts very simple with basic MDX techniques, evolves to frequently used patterns for e.g. TOP N calculations up to time intelligence calculations. Each single recipe describes a specific real world business scenario and splits it up into 4 sections: Getting ready, How to do it ..., How it works ... and There is more ...Getting ready … explains the general prerequisites and when a given recipe can be appliedHow to do it … describes the basic idea and each single step in detail finally coming up with a solutionHow it works … gives further insights on the elaborated solution and why it works like thatThere is more … is dedicated to those who want to dig deeper into a given recipe/topic and the used techniquesThis structure is what makes this book a “cookbook” – search for your topic and you find all necessary information in one place instead of having to work through several different chapters and topics.One of the things I liked the most about the book is the fact that it is not dedicated to MDX only. It also shows how to solve common problems without using MDX but by doing simple changes to the underlying data model which make calculations simpler and also improve overall performance of the cube. It also features some sections about MDX Script and cube calculations in general which you also barely find in any other book.All in all I would say the book is a good read for all beginners and intermediate MDX developers but also experts will learn some new things too – just as I did!
This is a very advanced MDX book. But if you are a beginner and you are willing to spend time to go over the book a couple of times, it can boost your MDX skill a lot in a short time frame. It offers many very practical examples you can mimic to solve the problems in your daily job projects.I love the book. I bought the first version for SQL 2008 R2. It helped me a lot in my projects and helped me advanced my MDX skill in a very short time. So I bought and read this version for SQL 2012. I feel its explanations on some topics and examples have improved and are clearer. It is very easy to read. Learning by example is an easy and fast way to learn MDX skill. Highly recommend it. A Must have book to a MDX developer!
This is a definite must have MDX reference book for anyone that is learning or already doing multidimensional Analysis Services development. The information contained in this book goes from elementary to novice to expert. What I like about the cookbook style is the scenario and solution design. Not only are the solutions provided, but it also explains them, which is extremely helpful. The recipes start out with a getting ready section, then explain how to do it, then explain how it actually works, and then wait, 'there's more':) So if you are getting into OLAP development or have been doing it for years, this is a must have book to add to your library.
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