25.05.2009

Liquid browsing

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SQL Server 2005 | SQL Server 2008

Last week I had the opportunity to talk with Peter Leweke from Liquiverse about their new data browser and their focus to turn data from lists into a meaning or as they say on their homepage "Life beyond lists". It's really exciting to play with the beta release I got. Liquiverse will announce their new release of LiquidCSV soon and it's definitely worth taking a look.

I've included a screenshot taken from an export of some AdventureWorks' human resources data.

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What makes the browser really interesting is the way, how fast and dynamically elements flow when changing sort order or applying filters. Also, when you move your mouse over some area with many data points, they magically drift away so you can easily address every single item of data. It's hard to explain - you will have to experience it.

Now, what does this have to do with OLAP? Today Liquiverse doesn't offer an interface to MDX or XMLA data sources but the API will be available in 2009 and it shouldn't be too difficult to include other data sources or to apply drill down effects using the API. So, I'm really looking forward to what's going on at Liquiverse.

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