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BIDS SSIS Data Flow Designer should look distinquishable from Control Flow Designer by Kalman Toth


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Type: Suggestion
ID: 497330
Opened: 10/12/2009 6:33:54 AM
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It is not intuitive to tell by a visual glance if you are on the Control Flow Design Surface or the Data Flow Design Surface. Background, shapes, & connecting lines all look similar.
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Posted by Microsoft on 5/11/2011 at 3:37 PM
We hope that the design improvements we have made in BIDS for Denali improve your experience. Please try out our Community Technology Preview (latest CTP available in July) and let us know if there is additional usability work you think we should consider.

-- The SSIS Team
Posted by Todd McDermid on 10/13/2009 at 11:47 AM
Actually, I would like to see different shapes. Not radically different - perhaps rounded or chamfered corners.

We already have a tough time educating new users on the difference between Tasks and Components - they aren't the same, so they shouldn't look the same. Seeing and understanding the difference between the Control Flow and Data Flow is the first, and largest part of the learning curve for new users, IMO. Just changing the arrows won't be sufficient, IMO.

I would also suggest making the surface background colour for the Control Flow, Data Flow, and Event Handlers different (muted) colours.
Posted by Jamie Thomson on 10/13/2009 at 9:20 AM
I wouldn't have different shapes for source/transforms/destinations but I do think that some sort of differentiation would be handy.

Ceetainly the fact that precedence constraints in the control flow look exactly the same as data paths in a data flow can be confusing to new users.
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