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4.3 out of 5 stars
Fast Track to MDX
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on 17 September 2013
finally one that has a good, ground up explanation of cubes and mdx.... and they discontinued it. Don't worry about it being for 2000, the concepts are the same.
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on 5 September 2003
There are only two books devoted to MDX that I have found - this one and Spoffords ‘MDX solutions’, they are as different as chalk and cheese. Spoffords book is packed full of information and has a full function list in the back. It contains everything that you ever want to know about MDX and is a truly great resource to have beside you, once you understand how MDX works. However it is very, very dry reading and is also very, very weak in helping you to get started with MDX.
FastTrack is totally different, it doesn’t list every MDX function and it doesn’t contain everything you need to know about MDX. What it does do is to assume that you don’t know anything about MDX and explains from the ground up what the language is for and how to use it. In order to explain the ins and outs it introduces a whole range of real business problems and shows you how to solve them, in each case, you get real sample code that really works. It’s fabulous. You learn about the language in the most natural way, by using it to solve problems. It also explains, in a very readable way, all the background stuff that turns out to be crucial, like the differences between sets and tuples. I bought Spoffords book first and just couldn’t get anywhere with MDX. Having read Fast Track, I truly understand how the language works and can now understand Spoffords book.
If you have the money, buy both books. If you can already use MDX, buy Spoffords.
If you are new to MDX, buy FastTrack to MDX.
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on 9 January 2004
This book is just great! I have so far found MDX to be a very difficult language to understand; although I am fluent in SQL. The problem was that I didn't know enough about the basics, so I couldn't get over that initial learning curve.
The huge strength of this book is not that it is the definitive work on MDX; the authors are very clear about this - that is not what they intended to write. What they wanted to write was a book that made it easy for people to get started with the language - hence the word 'FastTrack' in the title. And they have succeeded superbly. As I read this book, the whole way in which MDX works seemed to crystallize in my mind; suddenly it all made sense. Now I find it really easy to write MDX expressions, which is making my job so much easier! I really recommend this book if you have been finding MDX difficult to understand.
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on 23 January 2004
This book does exactly what it says it will. It is an introduction, and it shows by example how MDX can solve real world problems. It gets you excited by the possibilities that OLAP can deliver, and which SQL cannot. It is not an exhaustive function reference, but neither is it a dummy's guide. I read it cover to cover in one go, and most importantly I enjoyed it.
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on 11 May 2016
Nice one to have
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on 3 September 2003
Bought this book thinking that it was going to supplement the information in 'MDX Solutions' by George Spofford and I was seriously disappointed.
I was expecting the definitive book given who the authors are and this is not the case.
It has some significant gaps such as how you would use MDX to define calculations within a cube, how the calculations interact and there is no function reference section.
Connection parameters which can govern a lot of what you see from the front end are not covered. Infact, this is not really a reference book and I could not imagine picking it up having read it once (if I ever got to the end of it).
This is the 'ladybird book of MDX' and is not something which will assist a Developer / DBA as it says in the blurb.
If you really want it buy a used copy - It may be mine !
Mick
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