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We are all so used to clicking on the New Query icon (or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N). We know it will open a new query window in SSMS, an empty query window that is, but many of us never knew that something else was designed to happen… Read more
What can be done in SAS must be possible in SQL
A friend of mine is a data professional in marketing data analysis with expertise in SAS and pretty good working knowledge of SQL. When he sent me questions about “how to do in SQL…”, I often sent back a… Read more
If learning SQL is in your New Year Resolution, then you will be happy to read this post.
We all make resolutions that we fail to keep. What I am suggesting here will give that failure minimum chance.
Here is what I am suggesting:
- Get a copy of the SQL…
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since my first ever post, in which I simply spelled Business Intelligence. Thanks to everyone for being with me since then!
I blogged around my daily experience as a Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence developer. Most of my posts are about… Read more
ROLLUP, CUBE, and GROUPING SETS Operators have been around since SQL Server 2005. These operators are extensions of the GROUP BY clause.
The GROUPING SETS operator might be introduced later in SQL Server 2008.
I only have experience with the ROLLUP operator. My test of GROUPING SET also suggested that… Read more
When we design a database, we usually need to do an estimate on the size of the database based on the dimension and fact tables.
Keep the following information handy next time when you need to do so.
The lists are based on this article:
OLEDB is the native client for SQL Server. Every SSIS developer is familiar with how to use it. Almost every task in Integration Services can use an OLEDB connection. As a matter of fact, it’s a preferable client to use if your backend is SQL Server.
However, there is one… Read more
The Analysis Services Performance Guide from bunch of Microsoft Analysis Services experts have been updated since 2005 edition for 2008 R2 and for 2012.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Performance Guide
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Performance Guide
- Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations…
MSOLAP is a native OLE DB provider for Analysis Services
A common task during ETL is to process the OLAP dimensions and the cube after all the dimension and fact tables are loaded into the data warehouse. Integration Services provide two special control flow tasks for this purpose, the Analysis… Read more
Now we know how to find all the calculation scripts in a cube by querying the DMV $SYSTEM.MDSCHEMA_MEASURES.
What about all those calculated sets in the cube?
In the Adventure Works cube, there are quite many calculated sets scattered around in the Sets folder… Read more
Calculated measures are visually identifiable
If you have access to a cube, it’s quite easy to find all the calculated measures.
The following is a screenshot from SSMS MDX query editor. The icon next to each measure can visually tell you if it’s a regular measure or a calculated measure.… Read more
Finding out MDX calculation scripts is a common task
A co-worker recently asked me what the calculation for a calculated measure is in our reporting cube.
If you have the Analysis Services project in Visual Studio locally, it is easy to find what the calculation script is from the Calculations… Read more
In SQL, NULL means undefined value
Any SQL programmer can tell you that zero is not NULL, NULL is not zero, and NULL is not even equal to NULL either, because NULL means undefined. One undefined value cannot be equal to another undefined value.
In MDX, NULL means an empty…
Drill-down report is a common design
In SSRS, it’s a common design to allow users to drill down to more granular data in a same report.
In the following snapshot, users will see a summary line that shows the Call Handled 130. The two days, 11/4 and 11/5 will not… Read more
Expert Cube Development with SSAS 2012 Multidimensional Models was published earlier this year by Packt Publishing. It’s the second edition of the very successful book on SSAS cube development by three well-known industry leaders, Chris Webb, Alberto Ferrari and Marco Russo.
This book is not a tutorial book on using… Read more
Table of contents
|Need to remove employees who have zero sales amount|
|Create a calculated measure with the IIF() function|
|The NON EMPTY keyword will take care of the removal|
|Ordering results with both numeric and string expression|
|IIF() statement VS. Scope() statement in MDX Cookbook 2012|
Need to remove…
Table of contents
|IsNumeric() funciton is too forgiven|
|Use Pattern Matching with LIKE keyword|
|LIKE keyword in T-SQL doesn’t support regular expression|
|Replace white spaces with empty characters|
IsNumeric() funciton is too forgiven
One of my SSIS packages failed recently with the following error message.
“…. failed with the following… Read more
Some SSRS reports have a large number of parameters
I recently had a chance to help a co-worker to modify an existing SSRS+Cube report. The first thing that caught my eye is the large number of parameters in the report.
Although I never really developed any reports that have more… Read more
OK, first thing first. We all know the famous Adventure Works multidimensional sample project. To learn the tubular mode/DAX, we also have a sample tabular project.
Download sample database and projects from CodePlex
You can follow this link to CodePlex to download the following files: tinyurl/AdventureWorks2012.
- AdventureWorks DW Tabular…
Keyboard shortcut Alt + F1 works now
SSMS has a rich set of keyboard shortcuts that works by default. But in SSMS 2008 I had one complain about the default Alt+F1 shortcut. The Alt+F1 shortcut is assigned to sp_help by default. It worked for tables, sort of. If you are… Read more