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Table Difference 1.2

TableDifference has been updated to version 1.2. For those who want to read the main description of the component can be found here but take a look at the full story, this component and the documentaton has been updated several times. You will find complete  Read more

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Generate huge test tables using CTE

Sometimes I need to have a huge table to make performance tests and I want to create the table easily. I found a simple way of producing these test data using CTE in a creative way and decided to post it so I can have it at hand when needed and maybe  Read more

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Bulk Insert of sorted data

In a previous post I showed how to make bulk insert faster using SSIS. During Sql Server Conference 2007 I had the great opportunity to double check it with Stefano Stefani that analyzed the problem in greater detail and finally came up with both an explanation  Read more

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Mantaining order in SSIS flow, problems with Merge

In a previous post I spoke about the advantages of having sorted flows in SSIS to greatly speed up data insertion using fastload. The need to have a sorted flow brings some severe problems to the SSIS programmer that he need to be aware of and that IMHO  Read more

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Distinct values in SSIS

Distinct is a partially blocking component that remove duplicates from one flow. Its main advantages against the sort component provided in SSIS are: Memory usage: Distinct does not cache the whole flow (as Sort does) but retains in memory only the distincts,  Read more

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Visio does not handle Schema? Let’s force it to do!

I love VISIO to make database modeling, it gives very nice and colorful diagrams that I use for the documentation. I hate VISIO as it is really far from perfect, among all the others one thing it lacks is the ability to generate a database using SCHEMA  Read more

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Data Flow Components, constructors and SSIS

Yesterday I had to fix a simple still subtle bug in TableDifference , I think sharing the experience will be useful for everybody involved in custom component creation. The component has some fields that are initialized in the component constructor, at  Read more

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SqlBulkTool

SqlBulkTool is a command line utility that is used to quickly create a mirror of a database. It reads its configuration from an XML file containing source and destination command strings and a list of all the tables to mirror and then handles the work  Read more

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Table Difference 1.1

TableDifference has been updated to version 1.1. The major improvement is the fact that now TableDifference can handle a field as Key : a field that represent a key in the table, you must supply KeyOrder Compare : a field that is to be compared between  Read more