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Selector, Lev Y
March 6, 2002 09:06
is perl a reporting tool ?
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I searched for OLAP on and CPAN (and  "perl olap" on Google) - got
no entries.
Also there is nothing on data warehousing in the perl world.

Am I missing something?
I thought Perl is supposed to be a "Practical Extraction and Reporting

Today in corporate world people use all kinds of specialized software for
reporting. Here are some major players: Business Objects, Cognos, Actuate,
Brio Software, Crystal Decisions, MicroStrategy, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM.

Some vendors have designed their own programming languages for this purpose.
For example, Microsoft Analysis Services (part of MS SQL server) is taking
the market recently. They have an elegant language (MDX) for
multi-dimensional queries - similar to SQL, but designed to handle
multidimensional objects - see the book "Microsoft Olap Solutions" (actually
Microsoft bought a bunch of Israeli Jews with their development on that).

I thought it would be nice to be able to do OLAP (multi-dimensional and
hierarchical reporting) in Perl.
Do you know of any development in this direction?

Lev Selector,  (212) 902-3040
New York

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