In this task, you add a Flat File connection manager to the package that you just created. A Flat File connection manager enables a package to extract data from a flat file. Using the Flat File connection manager, you can specify the file name and location, the locale and code page, and the file format, including column delimiters, to apply when the package extracts data from the flat file. In addition, you can manually specify the data type for the individual columns, or use the Suggest Column Types dialog box to automatically map the columns of extracted data to Integration Services data types.
You must create a new Flat File connection manager for each file format you're working with. Because this tutorial extracts data from multiple flat files that all have the same data format, you only need to add and configure one Flat File connection manager for the example package.
In this lesson, you configure the following properties in your Flat File connection manager:
Column names: Since the flat file does not have column names, the Flat File connection manager creates default column names. These default names are not useful for identifying what each column represents. Change the default names to names that match the fact table into which the flat file data is to be loaded.
Data mappings: The data type mappings that you specify for the Flat File connection manager are used by all flat file data source components that reference this connection manager. You can either manually map the data types by using the Flat File connection manager, or you can use the Suggest Column Types dialog box. In this task, you view the mappings suggested in the Suggest Column Types dialog box and then manually create the necessary mappings in the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box.
The Flat File connection manager provides locale information about the data file. If your computer is not configured to use the regional option English (United States), you must set additional properties in the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box.
In the Solution Explorer pane, right-click on Connection Managers and select New Connection Manager.
In the Add SSIS Connection Manager dialog, select FLATFILE, then Add.
In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, for Connection manager name, enter Sample Flat File Source Data.
In the Open dialog box, locate the SampleCurrencyData.txt file on your computer.
Clear the column names in the first data row checkbox.
In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, select General.
Set Locale to English (United States) and Code page to 1252.
In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, select Advanced.
In the property pane, make the following changes:
Change the Column 0 name property to AverageRate.
Change the Column 1 name property to CurrencyID.
Change the Column 2 name property to CurrencyDate.
Change the Column 3 name property to EndOfDayRate.
By default, all four of the columns are initially set to a string data type [DT_STR] with an OutputColumnWidth of 50.
In the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, select Suggest Types.
Integration Services automatically suggests appropriate data types based on the first 200 rows of data. You can also change these suggestion options to sample more or less data, to specify the default data type for integer or Boolean data, or to add spaces as padding to string columns.
For now, make no changes to the options in the Suggest Column Types dialog box, and select OK to have Integration Services suggest data types for columns. This action returns you to the Advanced pane of the Flat File Connection Manager Editor dialog box, where you can view the column data types suggested by Integration Services. Alternately, if you select Cancel, no suggestions are made to column metadata and the default string (DT_STR) data type is used.
In this tutorial, Integration Services suggests the data types shown in the second column of the following table for the data from the SampleCurrencyData.txt file. The fourth column provides the data types required for the columns in the destination, which are defined in a subsequent step.
|Flat File column||Suggested type||Destination column||Destination type|
The data type suggested for the CurrencyID column is incompatible with the data type of the field in the destination table. Because the data type of
DimCurrency.CurrencyAlternateKey is nchar(3), CurrencyID must be changed from string [DT_STR] to Unicode string [DT_WSTR]. In addition, the field
DimDate.FullDateAlternateKey is defined as a date data type, so the type for CurrencyDate needs to be changed from date [DT_Date] to database date [DT_DBDATE].
In the list, select the CurrencyID column and in the property pane, change the Data Type of column CurrencyID from string [DT_STR] to Unicode string [DT_WSTR].
In the property pane, change the data type of column CurrencyDate from date [DT_DATE] to database date [DT_DBDATE].
Flat File connection manager
Integration Services data types
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When it comes to coding editors, it’s damn hard to a get a clear overview of all the benefits and functionalities different editors have to offer. However, in the end everybody needs one, so it’s important to know which editor is best tailored to your personal needs.
WYSIWYG-editors are often criticized by real coding ninjas for bloated, dirty and not standards-complaint source code they’ve been producing over the last years. However, WYSIWYG-editors have become much better recently. Some of them even produce valid and elegant code.
Sometimes you need to provide your clients with some simple tools to edit or update their web-sites. And this is where the utility of WYSIWYG-editors comes in. As a web-professional you need to provide your clients with some sophisticated advice and offer a simple yet effective tool — e.g. a WYSIWYG-editor.
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We believe that it would be wrong to recommend you some “best” editors, because the choice always depends on your requirements, primary goals, skills and experience. Therefore in this article we’ve tried to give you an overview of both useful and deprecated WYSIWYG-editors.
Hopefully, you’ll find some editors you’ve never heard about before. Or maybe you’ll find some features you miss in your current editor and risk to experiment with some promising alternatives to improve your workflow. Besides, you can learn what editors you could use and what tools you shouldn’t use.
The somehow cryptic abbreviation WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get”. In such editors you edit not directly the source code of your documents, but its presentation as it (hopefully) will appear in the final document. So instead of writing blocks of code manually (as you e.g. would do it in Word or Latex), you manipulate with design components using an editor window. This means that you view something very similar to the end result while the document or image is being created.
Dreamweaver (Win / Mac)Previously Macromedia Dreamweaver, this tool is one of the commonly used editors which can support developers, improve the workflow and save you a lot of time during coding. While previous versions of Dreamweaver sometimes produced rather quirky source code, the last version is able to generate (mostly) quite clean markup.
Dreamweaver also offers numerous helpful tools such as the library of code snippets, ftp management, server debug and an integrated coding development. E.g. you can view CSS information in a single, unified CSS panel that makes it easy to see the styles applied to a specific element, identify where attributes are defined, and edit existing styles without entering Code view.
Some of Dreamweaver’s endless features:
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Amaya (Win / Mac / Linux)What really makes Amaya different is the fact that it is a hybrid of a web browser and a web-page editing application — thus you can browse in the Web and edit your pages in the same application. Created by the WWW-concorcium, this allround-tool allows you to manipulate web-sites, change or update their content, insert new images or links. Of course, if Amaya can display these pages.
The last version of the editor, Amaya 10, was released in February 2008. It is able to work on several documents at a time (several (X)HTML, native MathML (.mml) and SVG (.svg) documents can be displayed and edited at a time). E.g. you can insert mathematical formulas using a pop-up: Amaya converts them via Math-ML on the fly.
Amaya also includes a collaborative annotation application (annotations are external comments, notes, remarks that can be attached to any Web document or a selected part of the document) and it has support for SVG, RDF and XPointer. Open-source.
Adobe ContributeThe main purpose of Adobe Contribute is to allow editing web-sites and blogs for users without any technical expertise. Contribute CS3 enables content authors to update existing websites and blogs while maintaining site integrity. Contribute offers a Dreamweaver integration, enables posting from Microsoft Office and editing from IE 7 and Firefox.
With a WYSIWYG authoring environment, content authors and contributors can edit or update any website or blog without having to learn HTML. Price: $169 (version CS3).
Microsoft Expression (Win)Once being severely criticized for its really bad web-editors (Frontpage), Microsoft’s recent editor, Expression, seems to have learnt a lot from its predecessors. Expression attempts to comfort web-users with features which are remarkably similar to Adobe Dreamweaver. However, in a direct comparison Dreamweaver offers more and produces a cleaner code. Nevertheless, Expression does produce decent standards-compliant code and knows how to deal with CSS and CSS-layouts.
The Studio edition with further software applications (graphic design tool, video encoding tool etc.) costs ca. $500. Single Expression package costs $350. You can get Expression by updating Frontpage and thus save some money.
Please notice: Expression isn’t a successor of Frontpage, rather a different development tool. Microsoft Expression, which bears striking similarity to Microsoft SharePoint Designer, is rather designer-oriented, aimed at general web development. Microsoft SharePoint Designer which reflects the emphasis on designing and customizing SharePoint-based sites, can be considered as Frontpage’s big brother.
Some of Microsoft Expression features:
KompoZer (Win / Mac / Linux)This tool is a branch of NVU which has been developed further after the development of NVU has slowed down. KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and WYSIWYG-editing. Victoria 2 reactionaries.
KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it a feasible solution for users who want to create sites without obtaining technical knowledge. Compared to NVU, Kompozer produces a cleaner markup and has visible marks — visible carriage returns and block borders.
The last version was released in August 2008. Kompozer can be considered as a sound alternative for small projects and for users without technical knowledge. But it’s definitely too weak for professional web-development.
NetObjects FusionThis editor was once probably the worst yet extremely popular WYSIWYG-editor. It produced horrible source code (only MS Word produced worse source code), but was often given away by web-hosting companies and ISPs. NetObjects Fusion allows you to create web-sites without any technical knowledge. Particulalry if you’d like to create a business card, you may get it done in minutes. But if you want to create professional web-sites, NetObjects isn’t an option worth considering.
Currently NetObjects Fusion is available in its 10th version. The quality of the produced source code might have changed, but it doesn’t really matter. There is a trial-version which requires you to register in a shop. Which is why we have no screenshot for the product. Price: €100.
SeaMonkey Composer (Win / Mac / Linux)This editor is a simple yet powerful alternative for large commercial applications. Being a successor of Netscape Composer, SeaMonkey Composer doesn’t really have anything common with it.
The editor is powerful yet simple and offers dynamic image and table resizing, quick insert and delete of table cells, improved CSS support, and support for positioned layers. The WYSIWYG-editor is built into SeaMonkey, an all-in-one web application suite.
Create (Mac)Create combines the major features of applications like Illustrator, InDesign, Pages, GoLive, Canvas, DreamWeaver, QuarkExpress, Streamline in one easy-to-use, low-cost, OS X native application. Among other things you can add links to text and graphics with drag-n-drop, the tool automatically creates navigation bars and index and you can produce PDF and web-sites from one document.
WYSIWYG Web BuilderWeb Builder is a highly customizable and extensible application with numerous features, scripts and templates. New design elements are added via drag’n’drop, many scripts. Image editing is available within the software.
The PayPal eCommerce Tools are integrated; RSS Feed object with podcast option, blog with built-in RSS feed option and Google compatible sitemap generator are available. The editor also has numerous extensions such as password protection, RSS feed, RSS parser, photo album and lightboxes.
Sandvox (Mac)Sandvox features drag-and-drop website assembly, live editing without a preview mode, over 40 designs, and 17 different pagelets. It’s an easy and elegant website creation tool for people who don’t want to spend too much time developing their websites.
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Website X5 (Win)WebSite X5 is a completely visual software: web-sites aren’t coded but “clicked” together. Remarkable: the results are standards-conform. Price: $60+.
<oXygen/> (Win / Linux / Mac)Actually, <oXygen/> is an advanced XML editor, but it also offers a number of useful tools for both newbies and professional web-developers. In fact, you can exploit the tool for editing (X)HTML-web-documents. E.g. it makes easier the document sharing between content authors by including a Subversion (SVN) client. The SVN client allows you to browse repositories, check for changes, commit changes, update your working copy and examine the revision history. The editor is available as standalone desktop or Java Web Start application, or as an Eclipse plugin. Price: $59.
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