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Oracle Essbase 11 Development Cookbook

By : Jose R Ruiz
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Oracle Essbase 11 Development Cookbook

By: Jose R Ruiz

Overview of this book

Oracle Essbase is a Multi-Dimensional Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) server, providing a rich environment for effectively developing custom analytic and enterprise performance management applications. Oracle Essbase enables business users to quickly model complex business scenarios. This practical cookbook shows you the advanced development techniques when building Essbase Applications and how to take these applications further. Packed with over 90 task-based and immediately reusable recipes, this book starts by showing you how to use a relational data model to build and load an Essbase cube and how to create a data source, prepare the mini schema, and work with the data elements in Essbase Studio. The book then dives into topics such as building the BSO cube, building the ASO cube, using EAS for development, creating Calculation Scripts and using MaxL to automate processes.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Oracle Essbase 11 Development Cookbook
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Setting up dimensions with a generation reference

In this recipe, we will build a table in a generation reference format. The SUPPLIER is a geographical dimension. Geographic dimensions are natural hierarchies, which means that the generations are related to each other naturally and there is normally a one-to-many relationship. A generation reference format is common in a relational environment as it can be used to conduct relational reporting as well. The same cannot be said about the parent-child structure.

Getting ready

To get started, open your SQL Server Management Studio, and add a TBC database. Add a SCHEMA using a tool such as TOAD, SQL Developer, or Golden, if you are using Oracle.

How to do it...

  1. Run the following scripts to create the SUPPLIER table. We can change the script below to PL/SQL by replacing int with INTEGER and varchar() with VARCHAR2(). Following the scripts is a screenshot of the table:

    --This is the syntax in T-SQL
    create table SUPPLIER
      SUPPLIERID         int                   not null,
      SUPPLIER_ALIAS     varchar(50)           null    ,
      ADDRESS            varchar(25)           null    ,
      CITY               varchar(25)           null    ,
      STATE              varchar(25)           null    ,
      ZIP                varchar(20)           null    ,
      COUNTRY            varchar(25)           null    ,
      constraint PK_SUPPLIER primary key (SUPPLIERID)
  2. Execute the following scripts to add data to the SUPPLIER table:

    INSERT INTO SUPPLIER(SUPPLIERID,SUPPLIER_ALIAS,ADDRESS,CITY,STATE,ZIP,COUNTRY)VALUES (1,'High Tech Drinks','1344 CrossmanAve','Sunnyvale','California','94675','USA');
    INSERT INTO SUPPLIER(SUPPLIERID,SUPPLIER_ALIAS,ADDRESS,CITY,STATE,ZIP,COUNTRY)VALUES (2,'East Coast Beverage','900 Long RidgeRd','Stamford','Connecticut','92001','USA');
    INSERT INTO SUPPLIER(SUPPLIERID,SUPPLIER_ALIAS,ADDRESS,CITY,STATE,ZIP,COUNTRY)VALUES (3,'Cool Canadian','1250 Boul ReneLevesque','Montreal','New York','H3B-W4B','Canada');
  3. Select from the SUPPLIER table to see the results:

    Select * From SUPPLIER;

How it works...

In step 1, the SUPPLIER table was created and in step 2 the data was populated. A generation in Essbase begins with generation 1 at dimension because the name of the cube in the outline is generation 0. We can tell from the structure of the table that it is clearly set up in generation reference as depicted in the following grid:






Generation 2


Generation 3


Generation 4


Generation 5


Generation 6


The generation reference will allow us to create ragged hierarchies, but requires the handling of null values by your development tool.

See also

For more information on how to build the SUPPLIER dimension using Essbase Studio, refer to the recipe Creating hierarchies using a Generation reference table in Chapter 3.