Most folks I know go to one extreme or the other when it comes to the visual layout of SQL Server Integration Services packages: either they don’t care a tiny bit about the appearance, or they insist on an easy-to-read layout before a project is considered complete. I am definitely in the second group, and will almost always spend the time to make sure my packages are properly laid out.
Regardless of which of these groups you are in, it is very easy to apply some simple visual formatting to your packages. In this quick tip, I’ll show you how to use the visual formatting options in SSIS to automate the layout.
I consider it quite important—it gives a future viewer an idea of your vision as developer. If I can’t read what you’re doing, that does not bode well.