Exercise: A Script Task to count X Factor series and advise Simon

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Category ==> SSIS Integration Services  (18 exercises)
Topic ==> Scripting  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Course ==> Integration Services
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Create a package called Simon Says, which will count how many series have been made so far and then offer suitable advice to Simon Cowell on whether to make another.  Within this new package, create a couple of variables:

Variables window

We've tentatively set the maximum permissible number of series to 10. Some may think one was too many ...


Create a data flow task, and set the source to be the Series worksheet in the workbook in the folder above:

Previewing series

What you should see when you preview the results in the Excel source.


Now add a Row Count transform on so that the data flow task looks like this:

Row count transform

Store the number of rows in your NumberSeriesMade variable.


Create 3 script tasks as follows to control what happens next:

Script tasks

The first task should end in success or failure, depending on whether we've exceeded the maximum number of permissible series yet.  The other two tasks should display suitable messages in either case.


Try running the package with the MaximumNumber variable set to 10 and then 7 (say).  You should see messages something like this:

Success message Failure message
The first message The second message

Again, note that this is NOT the quickest way to solve this problem!

Close your package down.

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