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  • Editing sqlcmdvariable nodes in SSDT Publish Profile files using msbuild

    Publish profile files are a new feature of SSDT database projects that enable you to package up all environment-specific properties into a single file for use at publish time; I have written about them before at Publish Profile Files in SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and if it wasn’t obvious from that blog post, I’m a big fan! As I have used ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on December 10, 2012
  • XMLPad – a new tool in my developer utility belt

    Yesterday I was on the lookout for a free tool that would help me write XPath statements. I put a shout out on Twitter and Johan Barnard replied saying : Give XMLPad a try I’m sure there are legions of developers out there that know all about XMLPad but I had never heard about it so I suspect some of you ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on February 11, 2011
  • SSIS Package Stats Collector version 2

    A few weeks ago I published a blog entitled Collecting information about your SSIS packages which demonstrated a way that you could use T-SQL and XQuery to derive information about your SSIS packages. Since then I’ve made a few amendments to the script that accompanied that blog post as follows: New columns The collected data now includes the ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on November 6, 2009
  • Collecting information about your SSIS packages [SSIS Nugget]

    Did you know that is is possible to read the contents of a SSIS package (i.e. a .dtsx file) from within SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) using T-SQL? For example, take the following T-SQL snippet: select cast(BulkColumn as XML)from openrowset(bulk 'C:\tmp\MyPkg.dtsx', single_blob) as pkgColumn; It uses OPENROWSET ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on October 18, 2009
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