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Should you buy this book?
By Paul Wilson - October 20, 2004
Reviews for this book seem to differ, mostly people think its great, but a few think its terrible. I think some people are buying the wrong book, so here is my attempt to help them to save their money.
This is a really bad book if you are expecting a detailed explanation on how to speed up complex MDX statements. It is a dreadful book if you want to see every function in MDX listed, this book only covers about a third of them. This is a terrible book of you are already familiar with MDX and are looking for a book to take that knowledge further. Do not waste your money on this book if that is what you want; this is the wrong book for you.
On the other hand, this is an excellent book if you know nothing about MDX and you are trying to learn it from scratch. It is a superb book if you want the basics explained clearly, in plain English, with multiple examples. It is a great book if you are currently confused by the basics of MDX and need to get up to speed... read more
By Paul Dickson - July 9, 2004
One question that may be going through your mind as you read these reviews is "Should I buy this book or `MDX Solutions'?". I know that because that is what went through mine about three months ago as I read them. In general, Fast Track is seen as the introductory book, Solutions as the expert's book. So I nearly skipped Fast Track and went directly to Solutions; I am so glad I didn't.Fast Track is certainly the book to buy if you are new to MDX. It does a great job of introducing the language, it is excellently written by a set of true craftspeople - it is highly readable and, heaven help us, at times it is even amusing. This isn't like reading a text book, it is like sitting down with the guys who wrote it and having them tell you how MDX works.Solutions is much less readable - we are talking about a typically stodgy reference book. But it does have a massive amount of information and that information is accurate and therefore highly useful.So the easy answer is to... read more
Excellent Introductory Text
By bookreader - October 15, 2004
If you are new to MDX, just get this book. I have a heavy SQL/Programming background (C,C++, C# )and was having a hard time grasping MDX. The manuals don't do justice. Also it is hard to learn MDX from Analysis Services. Am from the old school that likes to type out commands to see results and both the Proclarity tool that comes with it and the Microsoft Sample Application are good to try out the examples. In particular i like the way that tuples and set are explained; clear examples and very easy reading. Also covered well are dimensions,measures, members, cells, heirarchies and aggregations. As is true with most complex topics in maths and computer science fine introductory books that are interesting and drive home concepts are rare. This is one such book. The concepts almost flow out of the author and into your brain !! Am almost at the end of the book. Took me less than 2 weeks ( 1 chapter per day , 18 chapters in all ). With Yukon not too far off all SQL professionals must be... read more