Introduction

The first edition of this book was published in 2012, when Microsoft released the first version of SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) working in Tabular mode. Previously, SSAS ran a different engine, now called Multidimensional mode; since 2012, users are given the option to choose which one to install. In 2016, Microsoft issued the second major release of Analysis Services Tabular, introducing many new features and important improvements. For this reason, we decided to write the second edition of our SSAS Tabular book, which is what you are reading now.

Notice that we omitted the Analysis Services version number from the book title. This is because things are moving faster and faster. At the time of this writing, we are using the ...

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