Understanding Biml Table Definitions

Kevin Feasel

2017-02-27

Biml

Bill Fellows explains the Biml output for a single table:

Wow, that’s a lot! Let’s break it down.

Connections

Our Connections collection has a single entity in it, an OLE DB Connection named Adventureworks (remember, all of this is case sensitive so this Adventureworks is a different beast from AdventureWorks, ADVENTUREWOKRS, etc). This provides enough information to make a database connection. Of note, we have the server and catalog/database name defined in there. Depending on the type of connection used will determine the specific name used i.e. Initial Catalog & Data Source; Server & Database, etc. Look at ConnectionStrings.com if you are really wanting to see how rich (horrible) this becomes.

There’s a lot of XML to describe a single table, but a key benefit to Biml is that you write templates and scripts to generate this stuff rather than typing it out.

Related Posts

SSIS Design Preferences

Meagan Longoria systematizes a set of preferences regarding Integration Services package and ETL process design: – Every table should have InsertDateTime and UpdateDateTime columns. The UpdateDateTime column should be populated with the same value as the InsertDateTime column upon creation of the row, rather than being left null.– Whatever you use to create tables, include […]

Read More

Biml Support in Visual Studio Code

Kevin Feasel

2019-08-02

Biml

Cathrine Wilhelmsen takes us through Biml support in Visual Studio Code: Please note that you only get syntax highlighting with this extension. You do not get the full Biml or .NET intellisense, the BimlScript preview pane, or the ability to generate SSIS packages from Biml. For those things, you will still need BimlExpress for Visual Studio. However! If […]

Read More

Categories

February 2017
MTWTFSS
« Jan Mar »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728