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Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Service) Paperback – October 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1861004413 ISBN-10: 1861004419 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to Programmer
  • Paperback: 855 pages
  • Publisher: Peer Information; 1st edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861004419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861004413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,844,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lot of corporate databases are what's behind the Internet revolution. Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS gives DBAs and programmers a handy guide to getting the most out of the Data Transformation Services (DTS)--a flexible set of tools that work on a wide variety of databases--that are available in SQL Server 2000.

The hands-on focus of the book makes it a win for readers of all backgrounds. While online help for DTS is not always easy to decipher, this book remedies the situation with plenty of screen shots of all of the major tools in action. Early sections examine nearly two dozen built-in tasks or functions in DTS--from the obvious (copying data from one database to another) to the more esoteric (sending files via FTP within DTS).

A gentle introduction to using VBScript and ActiveX objects gets at the DTS object model to design "custom tasks." By using this approach, you can automate and transform data reliably among different formats, including mainframe and Office documents. (Specific tips guide you in working with DB2 and Excel data.) A standout section looks at "linking" servers and querying data from heterogeneous sources.

You also learn how to build a Web front end (using ASPs) for a data application that uses SQL-DMO APIs to automate database tasks through a browser. Later, there's an excellent tutorial on data warehousing, done the Microsoft way--from the basics of the star, snowflake, and hybrid fact tables for a data mart to setting up and loading the data using DTS, and then running the database with Microsoft Analysis Services. The book closes with a thorough reference section that lists the objects and methods in the DTS object model.

Whether you're performing normal database administration or setting up a data warehouse--or you just want to work with data more effectively within your applications--Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS gives you all of the information that you need to be productive with a powerful (and sometimes overlooked) set of database tools and components. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Data Transformation Services (DTS)
  • Survey of DTS wizards and tools
  • The Import/Export Wizard
  • The Copy Database Wizard
  • The DTS Designer
  • Survey of automated tasks in SQL Server 2000, including the Bulk Insert, Execute SQL, Copy SQL Server Objects, and Transfer Databases tasks
  • The Multiphase Data Pump
  • Using a Data Driven Query (DDQ)
  • The FTP Task
  • The Execute Package Task
  • The Message Queue Task
  • Advanced package options
  • General package properties
  • Transfer Data Task options
  • Data scrubbing
  • Working with heterogeneous data (using linked servers from mainframe and legacy servers)
  • Tips for converting Excel and DB2 data
  • DTS ActiveX Script basics
  • Quick tutorial for VBScript syntax
  • The DTS Object Model
  • File management with the FileSystemObject object
  • DTS security issues
  • Meta Data Services
  • Backing up databases
  • DTS error handling
  • Building custom tasks in DTS
  • Star, snowflake, and hybrid designs for data warehouses
  • Extract, Transformation, and Load (ETL) with DTS
  • Microsoft Analysis Services
  • Creating Web front ends for DTS applications
  • Reference to the DTS and ADO object models
  • Reference to essential VB functions and keywords
  • Microsoft Scripting Run-Time Reference

From the Publisher

Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS follows on from Professional SQL Server 7.0 Programming to drill down into this important and powerful feature of SQL Server 2000. This book begins with a complete introduction to DTS fundamentals and architecture. Building on this introduction we'll take a look at more complex data transformations and security issues involved in moving data between different servers, applications and providers (eg Oracle, DB2, Sybase). The book then focuses on DTS via the DTS object model, which enables developers to incorporate custom transformations and reporting capabilities into their applications. We use examples in both Visual Basic and scripting languages. More advanced topics are then explained including error handling, dynamic data loading, OLAP and Datawarehouses. With code and case studies this book provides a thorough guide to this new upcoming area of SQL Server 2000.

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Customer Reviews

I do not have the expertise to troubleshoot it.
columbus1102
I would recommend this book for anyone looking to increase his or her understanding of DTs.
Wayne
The topics covered are diverse and extremely relevant.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steve Munro on August 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was a disappointment. Mostly it shows how to create packages using the Enterprise Mgr interface. I don't need a book to do that. Right now I am coding a VB app using DTS, and this book was definitely not enough. This is a beginner book, introductory in nature. There is an Object reference, but I can see that in the Object Browser. The examples are simplistic and not real-world. The examples on the SQL Server 2000 Resource Kit are better. I am moving large amounts of data data and have to deal with permissions, constraints, dependency tables -- none of this is covered. You can manipulate the object model thousands of ways; without any guidance on these advanced topics (not covered by MSDN) you are adrift... and your packages will fail every time.
If you are a programmer, don't bother with this one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven Nicolaou on February 23, 2004
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You'd think an 880-page tome from Wrox on something as specialised as DTS would pretty much have you covered anytime you need a reliable DTS reference to get you through your Data Transformation tasks. I have found myself looking to this book for guidance on many occasions during development, only to be consistently disappointed. For a start, the Index is downright useless, since I was never able to find words I would expected to, such as delimiter, lineage, disconnected edit, parameterised query, identity insert, but it has an entry for DNS?? (which, btw refers to a 3-line explanation of URLs when using Internet Explorer!) The book is so large mainly because every other page is a GUI snapshot, most of which are unnecessary. I don't need a whole page dedicated to the "Syntax check was successful" message box.
I give it 3 stars because they do a good job of at least mentioning probably every concept that relates to DTS, but coverage is mostly shallow and out of focus. There does seem to be heavy emphasis on data warehousing, which I haven't used so far, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt regarding coverage there. Overall I still think I might find something good when I need a reference but so far I have mostly found SQL Books Online equally, or sometimes more useful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
My company just started using DTS and I needed to learn the technology rapidly. While many Wrox books are 1000+ pages, this book is actually 683. The rest of the pages are devoted to appendixes on the object models.
Another strength of this book is the construction of the chapters. After the introductory 2 chapters, the rest can be read in any order or skipped. This book covered many diverse topics, including data warehouse loading, the DTS object model, VBScript, and even using VB to build new custom tasks.
The book is primarily focused on DBAs. Therefore, there is more coverage of VBScript and COM object development than a programmer would require. However, given the strong chapter cohesiveness, it is easy to skip this material without missing important information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2002
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This is not a very good book on DTS, but, unfortunately, it was the best that I could find. If anyone out there knows of a better book, please let the rest of us know.
The book is not logically organized - probably the result of having several authors. And, I have to agree with the reviewer that stated the index is incomplete. I have on many occasions gone to the index only to find that I have to leaf through the book looking for an item that I saw before but can't remember its exact location. The book is only slightly more helpful that SQL Server's Books Online, but that's only because it's in hard copy. The most useful part of the book to me has been Appendix C, which contains Visual Basic Functions and Keywords.
I wouldn't go so far as to recommend not buying this book, but you should lower your expectations a bit. Frankly, WROX usually does better than this. I hope they are very busily revising this book as I write this review.
Good luck learning DTS, it's not as easy as it might seem at first glance.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
We've purchased three of these after attending a DTS class for our developers and DBAs. It's a little rudamentary in some of the programming concepts but we bought it more for the DTS functionality end. I loved the case study and the error-handling section was extremely helpful.
The book introduces you well to DTS and then proceeds quickly into much more advanced topics. If you don't know programming, the VBScript chapter may be useful. There's a handy reference in the back also to the DTS object model.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kelley on September 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
When this book first came out, I grabbed it the first time I saw it on the shelf. We had been using DTS pretty heavily where I worked, but it was all basic stuff. I wanted to dig a little deeper than the basic stuff we were doing and I found this book to be great. I know the reviews on this one are all over the map. However, I found this book to be very useful. If you're doing anything with DTS, you'll want to look through this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2002
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Every time you think it's about to get good with this book, they cut you off and go on to some other topic. I found sqldts.com far more complete and helpful than this book. Good luck finding anything in the index.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart R. Ainsworth on December 31, 2002
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There are very few resources for DTS, so I bought this one to help me understand the programming models involved. I'm not thrilled with it, but it does explain the models very quickly and succinctly.
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