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

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Chapter 17. OLAP Queries, Tools, and Application Development

Andrew Brust

The previous two chapters introduced you to the basic and more advanced online analytical processing (OLAP) features in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2008. The feature set is a combination of groundbreaking capabilities introduced in Analysis Services 2005 and elegant enhancements new to 2008; other features are merely carryovers from earlier versions of the product, but even those are now more accessible. If you were planning to use the various available OLAP tools against your cubes, including the cube browser we worked with in each of the last two chapters, you’d be all set.

But the reality is that OLAP is most useful when its capabilities are integrated into ...

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