Unit Testing SSIS Packages
Unit testing is a widely accepted best practice, yet it is
difficult to do well with SSIS packages. This session will focus on both the
practice of test driven development as it applies to SSIS, and the tools for
actually implementing it. It will cover in depth how to set up your development
environment to support test driven development and what techniques can be used
to make this practical for SSIS. You will also see how to automate the testing
of SSIS packages, using the open source ssisUnit framework. The session will cover
several of the common questions about automated unit testing, including how to
handle test data, how to set up the environment for multiple developers, how to
make tests flexible, and how to ensure that the tests remain valuable over time.
John Welch works at Pragmatic Works, where he manages the development of a suite of BI products that make developing, managing, and documenting BI solutions easier. John has been working with business intelligence and data warehousing technologies since 2001, with a focus on Microsoft products in heterogeneous environments. He is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP), an award given due to his commitment to sharing his knowledge with the IT community, and an SSAS Maestro. John is an experienced speaker, having given presentations at Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conferences, the Microsoft Business Intelligence conference, Software Development West (SD West), Software Management Conference (ASM/SM), and others. He has also contributed to multiple books on SQL Server, including "Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008" and the “SQL Server MVP Deep Dives” series.
John writes a blog on business intelligence and SSIS topics at http://agilebi.com/jwelch. He is active in open source projects that help ease the development process for Microsoft BI developers, including ssisUnit (http://ssisunit.codeplex.com), a unit testing framework for SSIS.