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XML for Analysis (XML/A) is an emerging standard for declarative analytics which I am pleased to say fulfills my needs precisely. The solutions which XML/A makes possible should be very attractive to any person or organization tasked with report generation from OLAP data sources. In this series of blog articles, I will demonstrate a toolkit approach for using XML/A in a variety of settings. Complete working code samples will be provided.
Building analytic applications with XML/A can be simple or complex. My articles will start with simple desktop applications and will evolve towards complex multi-tiered enterprise web applications. Most users will probably have needs somewhere in the middle. I want to present a toolkit approach so that my readers can learn to assemble their own solution - to solve their unique needs.