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Professional SQL Server™ 2005 Integration Services by Mike Murphy, Haidong Ji, Jason Gerard, Erik Veerman, Andy Leonard, Kathi Kellenberger, Douglas Hinson, Darren Green, Allan Mitchell, Brian Knight

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17.1. RSS In, Reporting Services Report Out

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a popular standard for summarizing content-driven Web sites, such as news outlets and Weblogs. Typically referred to as an RSS feed, the RSS file contains XML-formatted headlines and descriptions of content items on the site. The standardized format and availability of RSS feeds has driven their popularity. In addition, most RSS is automatically updated when the site content changes. This makes it easy to build applications and Web sites that provide real-time links to RSS-published content. An aggregator is a Web site or application that collects and displays RSS feeds.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is an integrated tool that allows you to create Web-based reports. This example assumes that you have SQL Server Reporting Services installed and configured on an available server.

SSIS can connect to the Web, retrieve data from online sources, and then display results based on this input in a Reporting Services report—and the data never touches the database! This is a powerful example of new functionality present in SSIS. In this example, you will build two projects: a SSIS project to collect and parse data, and a Reporting Services project to display the results.

In Business Intelligence Development Studio or Visual Studio, start a new Business Intelligence/Integration Services project. Drag a new Data Flow task onto the Control Flow tab. On the Data Flow tab, drag an XML Source, Term Extraction, ...

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