Extending the Data Flow with the Script Component

The Script component extends the data flow capabilities of Microsoft Integration Services packages with custom code written in Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 or Microsoft Visual C# 2008 that is compiled and executed at package run time. The Script component simplifies the development of a custom data flow source, transformation, or destination when the sources, transformations, and destinations included with Integration Services do not fully satisfy your requirements. After you configure the component with the expected inputs and outputs, it writes all the required infrastructure code for you, letting you focus exclusively on the code that is required for your custom processing.

A Script component interacts with the containing package and with the data flow through the autogenerated classes in the ComponentWrapper and BufferWrapper project items, which are instances of the ScriptComponent and the ScriptBuffer classes respectively. These classes make connections, variables, and other package items available as typed objects, and manage inputs and outputs. The Script component can also use the Visual Basic namespace and the .NET Framework class library, as well as custom assemblies, to implement custom functionality.

The Script component and the infrastructure code that it generates for you simplify significantly the process of developing a custom data flow component. However, to understand how the Script component works, you may find it useful to read the section Developing a Custom Data Flow Component to understand the steps that are involved in developing a custom data flow component.

If you are creating a source, transformation, or destination that you plan to reuse in multiple packages, you should consider developing a custom component instead of using the Script component. For more information, see Developing a Custom Data Flow Component.

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The following topics provide more information about the Script component.

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