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Book Review: MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook

Posted by denglishbi on September 26, 2011

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A couple of weeks back I mentioned a new book on the market related to MDX and Analysis Services and that I had received a copy to review.  The book is MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook written by Microsoft SQL Server MVP Tomislav Piasevoli.Book - MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook

This is by no means an introduction (101) book to MDX, but it is an MDX reference book that anyone using Analysis Services should have on their desk (or device – available in eBook version as well).  I have not read a cookbook technical style of book before and I simply couldn’t put it down.  I really enjoyed the style of here is a situation, here’s how you do it, and now let’s see how this actually works.  But the author doesn’t just stop there, nope, but what there’s more information about the recipe and then provides additional reference links to checkout or other spots in the book to look at as well.  After I got done reading one recipe I continued on to the next one because I was interested in reading the solution and finding out more and seeing how it compared to how I would approach the situation.

I found the book very easy to read and the information is extremely valuable for anyone working with Analysis Services and trying to solve solutions using MDX. This is a must have book for any SSAS professional, if you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself and you will definitely agree, just like others already have like Derek Goodridge (@WorkerThread) and Jason Thomas (@de_unparagoned).

Book link – MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook.

I would definitely rate this a must have and give it 5 out of 5 stars – image.

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