I was lucky enough to be invited to write some chapters for the upcoming Professional SQL Server Integration services book. This was a very unique experience unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I’ve never had someone really judge my writing skills (or lack thereof) before. So to have someone judge almost every sentence I wrote was very weird. I’m sort of glad that I can get away with writing code that doesn’t have to be judged line by line (well, except code reviews). That said, I had fun doing it and now I get to put that on my resume. Having a book published by Wrox is a pretty significant career and resume booster.
My chapters in the book cover the programming side of SSIS in terms of writing custom components. In essence they will be the chapters that most BI developers skip right over but programmers will read. Not many BI Developers I know are all that interested in writing custom components. They prefer to write script tasks and components to do what they need. I have to agree with them for the most part but the problem with script tasks and components is the lack of re-usability. If they need to use the same code base again they basically have to copy and paste it over and over again. Which sucks. So my chapters cover the pain staking task of creating custom components that can be used in any ssis package they create without copy and paste. Yes, it is quite a pain to create them. I do it every day writing Task Factory.
While I liked the experience of writing this book it’s one of those things you have to try to see if you like it for yourself. It was never fun having the Technical Editor remind me that I forgot essential parts of SSIS in 2012 and having to go spend hours / days learning new undocumented classes. Anyone who’s ever had to cry their way through writing code with undocumented Microsoft classes knows the pain I was in.
Was it worth it? Absolutely! While I won’t be spending time in France having Gertrude Stein review my work, I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment. I do, however, look forward to spending time in a local starbucks. Maybe at some point, when I visit Charleston, with my buddy Patrick Riddle.