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Programming Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 by Leonard Lobel, Andrew Brust, and Stephen Forte

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You might have noticed a pattern emerging in our study of calculations and KPIs: Analysis Services allows you to store a variety of elements in your cube that you could, if called upon to do so, create within your own application or queries. Think about it: your calculations simply represent a collection of commands that make up an MDX script, and each of your KPIs is, in effect, a collection of MDX expressions and literal values (description, status graphic name, trend graphic name) that you could store and evaluate on the client side.

But by that logic, views, functions, and stored procedures in relational databases could be handled by your applications as well. Of course, we use those server-side facilities because DBAs can design, secure, ...

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