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Using Variables in the Script Component

Variables store values that a package and its containers, tasks, and event handlers can use at run time. For more information, see Integration Services Variables.

You can make existing variables available for read-only or read/write access by your custom script by entering comma-delimited lists of variables in the ReadOnlyVariables and ReadWriteVariables fields on the Script page of the Script Transformation Editor. Keep in mind that variable names are case-sensitive. Use the Value property to read from and write to individual variables. The Script component handles any required locking behind the scenes as your script manipulates the variables at run time.

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The collection of ReadWriteVariables is only available in the PostExecute method to maximize performance and minimize the risk of locking conflicts. Therefore you cannot directly increment the value of a package variable as you process each row of data. Increment the value of a local variable instead, and set the value of the package variable to the value of the local variable in the PostExecute method after all data has been processed. You can also use the VariableDispenser property to work around this limitation, as described later in this topic. However, writing directly to a package variable as each row is processed will negatively impact performance and increase the risk of locking conflicts.

For more information about the Script page of the Script Transformation Editor, see Configuring the Script Component in the Script Component Editor and Script Transformation Editor (Script Page).

The Script component creates a Variables collection class in the ComponentWrapper project item with a strongly-typed accessor property for the value of each preconfigured variable where the property has the same name as the variable itself. This collection is exposed through the Variables property of the ScriptMain class. The accessor property provides read-only or read/write permission to the value of the variable as appropriate. For example, if you have added an integer variable named MyIntegerVariable to the ReadOnlyVariables list, you can retrieve its value in your script by using the following code:

Dim myIntegerVariableValue As Integer = Me.Variables.MyIntegerVariable

You can also use the VariableDispenser property, accessed by calling Me.VariableDispenser, to work with variables in the Script component. In this case you are not using the typed and named accessor properties for variables, but accessing the variables directly. When using the VariableDispenser, you must handle both the locking semantics and the casting of data types for variable values in your own code. You have to use the VariableDispenser property instead of the named and typed accessor properties if you want to work with a variable that is not available at design time but is created programmatically at run time.

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