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Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) [Paperback]

Mark Chaffin , Brian Knight , Todd Robinson
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July 14 2000 Programmer to Programmer
What is this book about?

(DTS) Data Transformation Services helps you create a transactional system to load and transform your data from and to a wide variety of sources. SQL Server DTS was introduced in the release of SQL Server 7.0; however, SQL Server 2000 sees the functionality and power of this outstanding and incredibly useful tool greatly increased. DTS can be used to maximum effect in data-driven applications, offering rapid and effective solutions to a wide range of common problems.

Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS provides a complete introduction to DTS fundamentals and architecture before exploring the more complex data transformations involved in moving data between different servers, applications, and providers. The book then focuses on DTS programming via the DTS object model, enabling developers to incorporate custom transformations and reporting capabilities into their applications. Advanced topics are explained including error handling, dynamic data loading, and data warehouses. With code and case studies, this book gives the reader a complete picture of how to use DTS to its fullest potential.

What does this book cover?

Here are just a few of the things you'll find covered in this book:

  • A detailed explanation of the seventeen principal DTS tasks
  • Connecting to, querying, and converting heterogeneous data
  • Dynamic configuration of your DTS packages
  • Enhancing your DTS packages with VBScript and Visual Basic
  • Writing your own custom tasks
  • Using DTS in a data-warehousing environment
  • Employing DTS in other applications

Who is this book for?

This book is principally aimed at database programmers and administrators who have a working knowledge of SQL Server, and who wish to take DTS beyond its most basic level and tailor it to their needs. It will also appeal to managers and project managers who want to gain an understanding of DTS and how it could benefit their businesses.


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A lot of corporate databases are what's behind the Internet revolution. Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS gives DBAs and programmers a handy guide to getting the most out of the Data Transformation Services (DTS)--a flexible set of tools that work on a wide variety of databases--that are available in SQL Server 2000.

The hands-on focus of the book makes it a win for readers of all backgrounds. While online help for DTS is not always easy to decipher, this book remedies the situation with plenty of screen shots of all of the major tools in action. Early sections examine nearly two dozen built-in tasks or functions in DTS--from the obvious (copying data from one database to another) to the more esoteric (sending files via FTP within DTS).

A gentle introduction to using VBScript and ActiveX objects gets at the DTS object model to design "custom tasks." By using this approach, you can automate and transform data reliably among different formats, including mainframe and Office documents. (Specific tips guide you in working with DB2 and Excel data.) A standout section looks at "linking" servers and querying data from heterogeneous sources.

You also learn how to build a Web front end (using ASPs) for a data application that uses SQL-DMO APIs to automate database tasks through a browser. Later, there's an excellent tutorial on data warehousing, done the Microsoft way--from the basics of the star, snowflake, and hybrid fact tables for a data mart to setting up and loading the data using DTS, and then running the database with Microsoft Analysis Services. The book closes with a thorough reference section that lists the objects and methods in the DTS object model.

Whether you're performing normal database administration or setting up a data warehouse--or you just want to work with data more effectively within your applications--Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS gives you all of the information that you need to be productive with a powerful (and sometimes overlooked) set of database tools and components. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Data Transformation Services (DTS)
  • Survey of DTS wizards and tools
  • The Import/Export Wizard
  • The Copy Database Wizard
  • The DTS Designer
  • Survey of automated tasks in SQL Server 2000, including the Bulk Insert, Execute SQL, Copy SQL Server Objects, and Transfer Databases tasks
  • The Multiphase Data Pump
  • Using a Data Driven Query (DDQ)
  • The FTP Task
  • The Execute Package Task
  • The Message Queue Task
  • Advanced package options
  • General package properties
  • Transfer Data Task options
  • Data scrubbing
  • Working with heterogeneous data (using linked servers from mainframe and legacy servers)
  • Tips for converting Excel and DB2 data
  • DTS ActiveX Script basics
  • Quick tutorial for VBScript syntax
  • The DTS Object Model
  • File management with the FileSystemObject object
  • DTS security issues
  • Meta Data Services
  • Backing up databases
  • DTS error handling
  • Building custom tasks in DTS
  • Star, snowflake, and hybrid designs for data warehouses
  • Extract, Transformation, and Load (ETL) with DTS
  • Microsoft Analysis Services
  • Creating Web front ends for DTS applications
  • Reference to the DTS and ADO object models
  • Reference to essential VB functions and keywords
  • Microsoft Scripting Run-Time Reference
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Professional SQL Server DTS follows on from Professional SQL Server 7.0 Programming to drill down into this important and powerful feature of SQL Server 7.0. This book begins with a complete introduction to DTS fundamentals and architecture. Building on this introduction we'll take a look at more complex data transformations and security issues involved in moving data between different servers, applications and providers (eg Oracle, DB2, Sybase). The book then focuses on DTS via the DTS object model, which enables developers to incorporate custom transformations and reporting capabilities into their applications. We use examples in both Visual Basic and scripting languages. More advanced topics are then explained including error handling, dynamic data loading, OLAP and Datawarehouses. With code and case studies this book provides a thorough guide to this new upcoming area of SQL Server 7.0. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it Feb. 23 2004
Format:Paperback
You'd think an 880-page tome from Wrox on something as specialised as DTS would pretty much have you covered anytime you need a reliable DTS reference to get you through your Data Transformation tasks. I have found myself looking to this book for guidance on many occasions during development, only to be consistently disappointed. For a start, the Index is downright useless, since I was never able to find words I would expected to, such as delimiter, lineage, disconnected edit, parameterised query, identity insert, but it has an entry for DNS?? (which, btw refers to a 3-line explanation of URLs when using Internet Explorer!) The book is so large mainly because every other page is a GUI snapshot, most of which are unnecessary. I don't need a whole page dedicated to the "Syntax check was successful" message box.
I give it 3 stars because they do a good job of at least mentioning probably every concept that relates to DTS, but coverage is mostly shallow and out of focus. There does seem to be heavy emphasis on data warehousing, which I haven't used so far, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt regarding coverage there. Overall I still think I might find something good when I need a reference but so far I have mostly found SQL Books Online equally, or sometimes more useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a nice laid out wrox book Aug. 28 2003
Format:Paperback
I have used dts for a long time but only got to grips with the
dts deseigner recently. This is book is very good for the
dba who has never tried manipulating dts packages.
Good job by the authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a nice laid out wrox book Aug. 28 2003
Format:Paperback
I have used dts for a long time but only got to grips with the
dts deseigner recently. This is book is very good for the
dba who has never tried manipulating dts packages.
Good job by the authors.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre book June 27 2003
Format:Paperback
This book merely skims the surface of DTS. Enough details of DTS are not supplied. For instance there are a number of annoyances with DTS that must be avoided using workaround that are mentioned nowhere in this book. Also more complicated subjects of DTS are merely skimmed through. This book is not good for beginner nor for professionals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good; not quite reference-quality Jan. 1 2003
Format:Paperback
There are very few resources for DTS, so I bought this one to help me understand the programming models involved. I'm not thrilled with it, but it does explain the models very quickly and succinctly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good; not quite reference-quality Jan. 1 2003
Format:Paperback
There are very few resources for DTS, so I bought this one to help me understand the programming models involved. I'm not thrilled with it, but it does explain the models very quickly and succinctly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Manual on DTS Sept. 4 2002
Format:Paperback
When this book first came out, I grabbed it the first time I saw it on the shelf. We had been using DTS pretty heavily where I worked, but it was all basic stuff. I wanted to dig a little deeper than the basic stuff we were doing and I found this book to be great. I know the reviews on this one are all over the map. However, I found this book to be very useful. If you're doing anything with DTS, you'll want to look through this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just not enough meat... Aug. 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Every time you think it's about to get good with this book, they cut you off and go on to some other topic. I found sqldts.com far more complete and helpful than this book. Good luck finding anything in the index.
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