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Andy Leonard is an author and engineer who enjoys building and automating data integration solutions. Andy is co-host of the Data Driven podcast. Andy is no longer updating this blog. His current blog is

SSIS 2008 To Include Silverlight In Next CTP

An unnamed source at Microsoft confirms today SSIS 2008 will integrate Silverlight in the next CTP:

The SSIS Debugger with it's stationary tasks and transformations, just sitting there changing color - where's the graphic feedback in that?

The new functionality will reportedly include more "real-world feedback" graphics. For instance, when a Data Flow task fails for some reason, the Data Flow task on the Control Flow will appear to explode. Truncation on loading a destination will cause scissors to fade in near the Destination Adapter. The scissors will then slice off a portion of the Adapter proportionate to the amount of truncation occurring (it will slice off half if you're trying to push a varchar(256) into a varchar(128) column). Unicode-to-nonUnicode errors will cause a brick wall to appear over the data flow pipeline. Success will be denoted by a stick figure jumping up and down with arms raised.

How's that for feedback?!

In addition, the feature is extensible - you can create you own graphics to represent conditional results. I'm looking forward to working with this new feature!

;{> Andy

Published Tuesday, April 1, 2008 8:42 AM by andyleonard
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Jamie Thomson said:

I was getting quite excited there until I saw the date. Nice try Andy.

April 1, 2008 8:58 AM

Paul Nielsen said:

You laugh, but for year I've really wanted this! In word is you delete a character I want to hear a pop gun. delete a sentecne and hear a gunshot. delete a paragraph and hear a depth charge. delete the whole document and your whole notebook rattles.

April 1, 2008 10:20 AM

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