ADO MD is an easy-to-use access method for dimensional data via an OLE DB for OLAP provider. You can use ADO MD in Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual J++.
Like ADO, ADO MD offers a rich application development environment that can be used for multitier client/server and web application development.
You can retrieve information about a cube, or metadata, and execute MDX statements by using ADO MD to create cellsets to return interesting data to a user. ADO MD is another subject too broad to cover in detail in this chapter. Specifications for OLE DB for OLAP and ADO MD are available on the Microsoft website at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms126037.aspx and show these and other multidimensional data access capabilities.