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SSIS 2012. Parameters and Variables. what is the difference.
Note. The information on this post is based SSIS 2012 RC0

This is a question I ran across recently while browsing the SSIS 2012 pre-lease forum. While there may be multiple ways to look at the differences and similarities among them discount canada goose banff parka sale store . I thought I would give it a shot and share some of my observations.
If you are familiar with earlier versions of SSIS. it is worth noting that the concept and usability of variables have not changed much in the newer version. on the other hand canada goose banff parka sale store . it is also important to point that parameters are one of the new features introduced in SSIS 2012 – available when using the new - that promises to address some of the shortcomings of package configurations – which are still available.

Parameters can be defined at 2 different levels.
Project. These type of parameters are available to all packages within the SSIS project. Think about them as global parameters. They come handy as it makes really easy to share a given value. such as the path to a file share or the name of a server. across all packages in a project canada goose banff parka sale store online . Package. These type of parameters are meant to affect only the package on which they were defined, real chateau canada goose parka .

Variables are richer in scope as they can be scoped at the package. container. task or event handler level canada goose banff parka sale store .

The value of a parameter can’t change within the execution instance of a package. That means, canada goose aviateur aosta online store . its value remains the same for the entire execution of the package where to buy canada goose banff parka sale store . Honestly. I don’t envision this being an issue in most cases.
On the other hand. the value of variables can change during the execution of the package. which make them suitable for scenarios where, canada goose chilliwack steel outlet store . for example. looping. conditional or any other type of logic where the values of the variable must change during the execution of the package canada goose banff parka sale store .

Parameters are applied via expressions on the properties which are intended to be parameterized. The value of a parameter can be set at development time. after the package is deployed to the SSIS server (via SSMS) or at run time (SSMS or SS agent job) and seem the way to go to affect package execution without having to modify the package. At design time. you can quickly get access to the “parameterize” window by right clicking on a task. container or connection manager. which saves few click when compared to using the expression property of the object. Additionally. parameter values can be set via execute package task. when a package is called from another package canada goose banff parka sale store sale .

The value of a variable can be set in many ways within a package and its value can be further referenced by other expressions. containers. tasks or components.
Note. Expressions are not new to this version of SSIS and something you should put in your short list of things to learn if you are serious about SSIS.

When compared to variables canada goose chilliwack down parka boys red . parameters do not support the following data types chilliwack goose down parka 7950m black canada on sale . Char. DBNull canada goose mystique black for sale . Object.

One of the nicest improvements I have seen in the RC0 build is the ability to bind parameters to the design time configurations offered by SQL Server Database Tools (formerly known as BIDS). which comes very handy when designing and and debugging packages in Visual Studio in SQL Server Data Tools canada goose merano coat outlet .

Parameters are the new kids on the block. and it is clear they are being treated as 1st class citizen within the new project deployment model. Although variables and parameters have some similarities. trying to find out which one is better may not be the right thing to do. In my opinion. it is more a matter of understanding their capabilities and choosing the right tool for the job canada goose banff parka sale store .
I am pretty sure there may be more aspects to parameters and variables than the ones I listed here. so feel free to leave your feedback in the comments below with anything I may missed.




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