Isn’t it ironic

It’s quite ironic that being an ETL and database developer by trade, it has actually been easier to upgrade this website manually, literally copying and pasting each of the blog entries.

SSIS which is the integration tool I have on my current machine, has no easy way to insert data into a MySQL database. It can be done, but it means setting up a foreach container and mapping recordset parameters to an Execute SQL task. Far too much effort for a one off upgrade.

Google Buzz – Web 2.0 Narcosis

I love the idea of Web 2.0 – I jumped on the social networking bandwagon at a fairly early stage getting involved with AOL’s attempt to compete with myspace with its AIM pages. Its great that people with shared interests can join a network and interact with each other in a way that couldn’t be done before.

And I currently maintain profiles at LinkedIn, flickr, facebook & twitter, youtube, picasa, pprune.org and SSC. These profiles I can handle quite nicely along with my own hobby sites and various shopping websites that I use. I have always argued that privacy concerns can be managed Continue reading “Google Buzz – Web 2.0 Narcosis”

SSIS – Writing SQL results to a string variable

In an earlier post, I demonstrated how to send HTML formatted mail using the script task. Another frequently requested use of the mail task is to be able to send query results within the email message body. Here’s how…

Introduction to Internet Marketing; Search Engine Optimization, Adword Marketing, Email Promotion, and Affiliate Programs

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SSIS – Sending HTML formatted mail

As the SSIS send mail component doesn’t have an option to send html formatted messages, I thought it would help to post some code that implements the system.web.mail namespace.

Considering that sending messages is quite a regular task for any organisation, it might even be worth creating this as a standalone package and calling it each time you need to send a mail. Or even better still, writing a custom component instead.

The Rational Guide to Extending SSIS 2005 with Script (Rational Guides)

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