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A detailed blog exploring what's new in SSIS 2012
Part three of a eleven-part series of blogs

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 November 2014

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Difference 2 - How Variables are Treated in SSIS 2012

SSIS 2012 contains a new Variables tool:

The variables tool

Quite why it looks like a blue eraser I'm not sure!


This makes it easier to display a list of the variables that you've created. 

Also, SSIS 2008 R2 creates variables scoped to the task you have selected (since you can't then change this scope, this can be annoying).  In 2012 the default variable scope is - more sensibly - to the entire package, and you can subsequently change this.

Variables are easier to choose in many places.  As one example, here's the Row Count task in SSIS 2012:

SSIS 2012 Row Count task

In 2012, it's easy to assign a variable to a row count task.


Compare this with the 2008 R2 equivalent:

2008 row count task

Just part of the Row Count task dialog box in 2008 R2.

Again, none of the above changes makes any difference functionally, but taken together the changes do make 2012 nicer to use than its predecessor. 

Staying with this theme, let's now look at how 2012 groups tasks together to make them easier to find.

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