- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (July 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470496924
- ISBN-13: 978-0470496923
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Don't let SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) intimidate you. Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services is a unique lesson-based book that walks you through the essential parts of SSIS without all of the fluff. Each lesson is streamlined to teach a specific component of SSIS, helping you to focus on just what you need in order to succeed in your job. If you learn better by getting your hands on the product, this book provides you with a step-by-step lab for each lesson with a video to accompany it.
The authors guide you from the ground-up and make no assumption of previous knowledge of SSIS. The 49 featured lessons help you develop a strong foundation for this highly marketable skill. Additionally, you'll get useful tools like cheat sheets on the SSIS expression language and you'll learn when to use each task.
Each lesson has three major components: a description of how to use the given SSIS feature, a tutorial, and an instructor-led video. No matter your learning style, you'll glean new information from each lesson with this unique style of training. It's like having a one-on-one instructor in your office showing you SSIS. Learning SSIS has never been so simple.
What you will learn from this book and DVD
- How to install and configure SSIS
How to create and edit tasks in the Control Flow
Methods for designing the core sources, transforms, and destinations of Data Flows
How to develop Control Flows with For Loop and Foreach Loop Containers
How to make your package dynamic with variables and expressions
Methods for updating your package remotely with configuration files and tables
Techniques for transferring information from parent to child packages
Techniques for loading a data warehouse using SSIS
Tips for troubleshooting common SSIS challenges
Who this book is for
This book is for SQL Server database administrators and developers who are new to SSIS.
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
About the Author
Brian Knight, SQL Server MVP, MCITP, MCSE, MCDBA, is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works. He is also the co-founder of SQLServerCentral.com and JumpstartTV.com. He runs the local SQL Server users group in Jacksonville (JSSUG). Brian is a contributing columnist at several technical magazines and does regular webcasts at Jumpstart TV. He is the author of ten SQL Server books. Brian has spoken at conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd and many Code Camps. His blog can be found at http://www.pragmaticworks.com. Brian watches his 401k wither away in Jacksonville, Florida.
Devin Knight is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, Florida, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG). Visit his blog at http://pragmaticworks.com/community/blogs/.
Mike Davis (Jacksonville, Florida) is an author, developer, consultant, and trainer with Pragmatic Works. He has expertise in many areas of Business Intelligence including Integration Services, Reporting Services, Analysis Services, Database Administration, and .NET Software Development. Mike has created enterprise level BI and software solutions for numerous corporations. As a trainer he travels the world teaching classes on SQL Server and BI. He also participates as a speaker at events like SQL Saturdays, SQL Server launches, SQL server user groups, and SQL PASS. In his spare time Mike plays guitar and darts. He is a member of the North Florida Dart League.
Top customer reviews
1. Straight forward and simple explanations.
2. Solid examples that you can work on your own.
3. You CAN jump around in this book learning what you need 'right now' to get the job done.
4. DVD in the back of the book where you can watch every example being worked by the authors while they explain it.
Even if you have some experience with SSIS, this book teaches you exactly what you need to know about each object. Each object in the toolbar has been given its own chapter in this book, so you can learn what you need to know quickly, allowing you to jump around in the book. The authors have left out the 'complex business examples' and 'chapter build ups' where you must understand chapter 3 before going on to chapter 4 as you find in other books.
I really enjoyed how the authors included all the three ways of learning: reading, working examples, and watching the videos. After reading the book cover to cover, I now keep it at home, but carry the DVD with my laptop for quick reference.
However, I'm pretty sure you'll need to have a decent amount of familiarity with databases, and possibly some familiarity with ETL tools to get going. Setting up the sample database is difficult for someone who hasn't had some experience with SQL Server. (This was my one gripe-- I couldn't figure out how to get the database into SQL Server, because I know Oracle not SQL Server.) But overall, you probably shouldn't be bothering to learn an ETL tool if you don't have a solid understanding of databases.... Also you can get by with just about any database... it doesn't have to be the one that matches to book. (I got help from a coworker loading the DB.)
So what this book isn't.....
It isn't an "expert's guide." This is a "getting started" guide. This gives you BASIC skills, that you can flesh out either by doing, or with more study. Some concepts are glossed over, and that's to be expected. Chapters build on each other, so you pretty much need to start at the beginning to get to the end.
The production quality of the videos isn't super high; The speaker stumbles every now and then, and it is hard to read all the text on the screen. The point of the videos is to help you do the exercises yourself, so you should have your own screen to look at for small text. The videos aren't intended for you to sit and watch like a Disney movie... they're there to supplement your learning... and get you through things you might not understand from the book alone.
This is not a book on datawarehousing or general ETL concepts. This book gives you an introduction to one specific ETL tool, and that's it. You will be shown how to load data to a table, how to do lookups and things like that. It isn't going to get into WHY you would want to do those things.
I didn't notice any major errors, in fact there were a lot fewer errors than I would expect. I'm glad this book was out there, it had been one of the more valuable IT books I've purchased.
Couple of notes:
1) Not for SQL Server Express
2) Are you old-school? SSIS is the new Data Transformation Services
3) The book is for MS SQL 2008. I'm using 2005, and could follow along easily. Minor differences.
On another note, all computer books should have video. I can't tell you how helpful that was. They didn't spend a lot of time or money making the video. They just had something running that recorded their screen actions and voice, and let them zoom in. Then they basically just showed on screen what they were talking about in the book. It looks like they spent five or ten minutes per chapter. They make it look so easy, that from now on I'm going to consider anyone who doesn't include a video in a computer book to be lazy. In other words, they raised the bar. Authors, this is the new standard. It doesn't have to be expensive to be effective. Not perfect, just useful.