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June 2008 Entries

Analysis Services 2008 Wizards: Is the Magic Gone?

I’m updating chapters in my book on SQL Server 2005 for the impending release of SQL Server 2008. Right now, I’m focusing on the chapters that cover Analysis Services (AS), the BI component of SQL Server. I’ve come across an “improvement” in the new version of AS, and I’m not sure I like it: the wizards do less. In AS 2005, the Cube Wizard could create a time dimension for you, and the Dimension Wizard could create a parent-child dimension/hierarchy for you. In AS 2008, only the Dimension wizard ......

You Always Have Other Options?

With yesterday’s announcement that Yahoo and Microsoft have broken off all discussion of a merger (partial or otherwise) and that Yahoo has closed an agreement with Google to carry the latter’s paid search ads on the former’s search engine, it certainly seems like MicroHoo has bitten the dust. Perhaps both companies have decided that the expansion of Yahoo’s fabled acronym (referenced in the title of this post) is the best philosophy. I still believe there’s a lot of posturing going on, and I still ......

An Unexpected Lunch

On Tuesday morning (June 3rd), at Microsoft’s Tech*Ed Developer conference, Bill Gates made his last scheduled public presentation as a full-time Microsoft employee. About 90 minutes later, 15 tech “influencers,” myself included, gathered around a square table in a small room at the north end of the convention center, and were joined by Mr. Gates for lunch. We were invited to this luncheon just a few weeks ago, and very unexpectedly. A couple of weeks later, we were told that we’d each have the chance ......