Microsoft has delayed the publication of its OLEDB for Olap (online analytical processing) specification by three weeks because of internal squabbling over what to call the language on which it is based.
As a result, the application programming interface, which was supposed to be completed by the end of last year, will now not be released until 22 January.
The problem centred around the fact that Microsoft is keen to have its MDX Olap language seen as equivalent in stature to SQL.
This meant the software giant had to demonstrate to independent observers that MDX was capable of replicating SQL by translating macros written in the language into SQL. This is to prove they were similar in functionality.
Certain Microsoft managers wanted to change the language?s name to SQL Macros for Olap, as a result of this work, but the decision has now been finally made to keep it as MDX.
However Richard Hamblen, Microsoft?s product manager for application development tools, said the delay was due to the large amounts of feedback the supplier had received during the OLEDB for Olap review period.
?We had a lot of feedback and we still need to assimilate the information. The delay is only nominal and the specification is due this quarter,? he explained.
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