Design Patterns

How to get fired from an ETL developer job

How To Get Fired from an ETL Developer Job

Through the course of my 8-someodd years of building and fixing ETL processes, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of ETL code. Some of that code was really good, well-thought-out and carefully executed. Other load processes were – well, let’s just say that they provide plenty of consulting opportunities (and I include much of my early code in…


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Upcoming SQL Saturday Precons

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be delivering three, one-day preconference seminars this summer prior to three different SQL Saturday events: Iowa City, Iowa – Friday, July 26th (before SQL Saturday 239 – East Iowa) Orlando, Florida – Friday, September 13th (before SQL Saturday 232 – Orlando) Denver, Colorado – Friday, September 27th (before SQL Saturday 190 – Denver) For…


SSIS Variable as a Result Set Enumerator

Using the SSIS Object Variable as a Result Set Enumerator

In the first post in this series, I covered the basics of object typed variables in SQL Server Integration Services, along with a brief examination of some potential use cases.  In this installment, I’m going to illustrate the most common use of object typed variables in SSIS: using an object variable as an ADO recordset within a loop container to…


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Webinar: Scripting and SSIS

Tomorrow at 10am (11am EDT), I’ll be joining together with my good friend and SSIS Design Patterns coauthor Andy Leonard for a free one hour webinar to discuss scripting in SQL Server Integration Services: Join SQL Server MVP Tim Mitchell and Andy Leonard as they discuss and demonstrate scripting in SSIS! In this demo-packed session, two co-authors of the book…


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Book Review – SQL Server Integration Services: Problem – Design – Solution

I usually don’t do book reviews (at least publicly, anyway), but when I find a piece of work that I really get a lot out of, I don’t mind sharing my experience. Such was the case with a book I finished recently. SQL Server 2008 Integration Services: Problem – Design – Solution is a concise guide to becoming a better…