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

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Beyond Excel: Custom OLAP Development with .NET

We’ve covered in great detail how to use Excel and Excel Services as powerful presentation tools for your cubes. These UI tools are serious options, given the ubiquity of, and business users’ familiarity with, Microsoft Office. Moreover, using Excel enables you to create compelling UIs with minimal programming.

Although the Excel option lets you avoid the need for much programming, it also precludes the granular control that a more programmatic approach would offer. The Excel option also requires that the 2007 Microsoft Office system be installed on the user’s machine if you want to offer the full desktop feature set.

If you want fine-grained control over the query, you might want to move beyond the ...

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