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The Rational Guide to Extending SSIS 2005 with Script (Rational Guides) Paperback – March 9, 2007

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Donald Farmer is the Group Program Manager of the SQL Server Integration Services team at Microsoft. Donald has worked with SQL Server Business Intelligence tools since they first made an appearance in SQL Server 7.0, first working in Scotland for an independent software vendor before joining Microsoft itself. A well-known speaker at SQL Server events, Donald frequently draws on experiences from his varied career--which includes construction, archaeology, and fish farming--to illustrate the importance of analytic software in the real world.

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  • Series: Rational Guides
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rational Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932577254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932577259
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Danny Crowell on June 29, 2007
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This is an excellent book. It shows how to unleash the power of SSIS. Script (writing code) is the way to go when you need go beyond the tasks and transformations that are built into SSIS. This book shows how to customize, control, extend and monitor SSIS through code.

One of the best things about the book is that it is only around 200 pages. This book won't put you to sleep with the history of relational databases and ETL or trying to teach you Visual Basic.net. You will appreciate that if you are an experienced database and .net developer. [...]
The author helped to develop the product and is thoroughly knowledgeable about the subject. He is active in the Integration Services support forums.

There are some typos but they are easy to spot and do not cloud the information. I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dotsnail on April 6, 2008
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Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition 2005 CD/DVD
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) is a tool for developing and running data integration tasks, such as reading from files, transforming data, and loading data into databases, including, but not limited to, Microsoft SQL Server. It is an "ETL" (extract, transform, load) product, very powerful but easy to get lost in the product's documentation and whitepapers trying to figure out how to accomplish a given real-world task. Farmer's little book is a gem because it is short and it makes an effort to help a developer with real-world data integration tasks. This book's main theme is using the scripting facilities, but it does a good job giving a perspective. Donald Farmer is the SSIS program manager at Microsoft, and besides technical knowledge, he has the skills to educate. I have always felt that there are lots of great software products available, but that developers trying to solve problems have a hard time getting past the product demos and slides. This book, in the tradition of K&R's "The C Programming Language" helps developers take that step. In contrast, books that describe step-by-step procedures that are already described in the product documentation are not nearly as useful.
While SSIS has lots of toolboxes to do standard ETL tasks, scripting tasks are meant to add facilities that are awkward or impossible to do with standard designs. Scripting has access to the NET Framework and user-developed NET assemblies. Farmer's examples are helpful and inspiring. I hope he will write more books like this, but at the same time I like to see him, as product manager, take some annoyances and weaknesses out of the otherwise great SSIS product. Those who like to watch instructional videos will enjoy his presentations on MSDN TV.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip D. Hickey on November 24, 2010
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This is one of the best tech books I've read and I've been reading them going on 15 years now. The material is short,concise and to the point - there's no boring fluffy historical introduction or mind numbing newbie hand holding. For those familiar with SSIS and VB this book is gold - it's full of useful and practical examples that you'll use immediately.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nirav Shah on October 27, 2008
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If you are expecting some more practical world work example then you get surprised with the book material.

The better book i found is expert SSIS by wrox production..This is not worth to pay $16.If you are getting in cheap price then plan to buy it.
I Personally do not like this book.
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