Art of reading MDX articles

I learnt MDX much more by reading articles by knowledgeable people in this industry, Mosha for example. These extremely well written articles are sprayed with numerous MDX queries each explaining the nuances of MDX. Earlier, I used to open two windows, one for reading article and other for executing MDX queries. Many a times, continuous copy and paste distracted the subject context.

Of late, I have devised a new technique. I just copy and paste the complete article in SS Management Studio's MDX query editor and just read in that. Whenever, I need to execute the query, I just select the query text portion and execute it. Now, I don't have to switch between windows or lost my focus, of course at the cost of text formatting. I wish I could do the same thing in Mosha's MDX Studio but it does not support text wrapping. (I have devised another technique where I copy and paste the article in my Notepad++ text editor and then re-wrap the text to the desired width and then paste).


It works great for me to read text based articles with lots of MDX in it without getting distracted.

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