Using the SurveyMonkey REST Destination Component

The REST Destination Component is an SSIS data flow pipeline component that can be used to write data to SurveyMonkey REST services.

See SurveyMonkey Rest Connection Manager for how to connect to SurveyMonkey & See SurveyMonkey REST Source Component for how to retrieve data from SurveyMonkey.

There are three pages of configuration:

  • General
  • Columns
  • Error Handling

General page

The General page allows you to specify general settings for the REST Destination component. 

SSIS SurveyMonkey REST Destination

Connection Manager

The destination component requires an REST connection to SurveyMonkey. The Connection Manager drop-down will show a list of all connection managers that are available to your current SSIS package.

Destination Object

The Destination Object option allows you to specify which object to write data to. A drop-down with the available objects are listed here.

Action

The Action option allows you to specify how data should be written to SurveyMonkey.

Note: Supported actions may vary from object to object depending on SurveyMonkey's API document.

Batch Size

The Batch Size lets you specify how many records to send per service call to SurveyMonkey.

Note: Some objects do not support batch size, so this option will become disabled.

Input Time Zone

The Input Time Zone option specifies the timezone of all incoming datatime fields. Available options are:

  • UTC
  • Local
Contact List ID

The Contact List ID option is available for some endpoints and lets you specify the ID of the list that this endpoint will use. 

Note: Some objects do not support bulk polling, so this option will become disabled.

Refresh Component Button

Clicking the Refresh Component button causes the component to retrieve the latest metadata and update each field to its most recent metadata.

Map Unmapped Fields Button

By clicking this button, the component will try to map any unmapped attributes by matching their names with the input columns from upstream components.

Clear All Mappings Button

By clicking this button, the component will reset (clear) all your mappings in the destination component.

Expression fx Icon

Click the blue fx icon to launch SSIS Expression Editor to enable dynamic update of the property at run time.

Generate Documentation Icon

Click the Generate Documentation icon to generate a Word document which describes the component's metadata including relevant mapping, and so on.

Utilizing the Child Input of the Destination Component

REST Multi-Input

If you want to write child objects data to a parent object, you can connect an inbound component containing child objects data to the secondary inputs. Once you have made a connection to a secondary input, you must specify the REST Object you are adding in the Inputs grid in the General page.

When a child is mapped in the Inputs grid in the General page, it will be available in the select input drop-down on the Columns page. This allows for selecting input for both parent and child fields. The parent input will have a field called _LinkId which can be any string, and is used to link the parent to its child object. All child inputs will have a field called _{parentObjectName}._LinkId. This field should have a value that matches the value used for the _LinkId of the parent.

Columns page

The Columns page of the REST Destination Component allows you to map the columns from upstream components to the REST Fields. In this page, you can select the object whose columns you wish to configure in the top left drop-down.

SSIS SurveyMonkey REST Destination - Columns

On the top left of the grid, you can see a checkbox, which can be used to toggle the selection of all available fields. This is a productive way to check or uncheck all available fields.

In the Columns page, you would see a grid that contains four columns as shown below.

  • Input Column: You can select an input column from an upstream component for the corresponding REST Field.
  • REST Field: The field that you are writing data to. 
  • Data Type: This column indicates the type of value for the current field.
  • Unmap: This column can be used to unmap the field from the upstream input column, or otherwise it can be used to map the field to an upstream input column by matching its name if the field is not currently mapped.

Error Handling page

The Error Handling page allows you to specify how errors should be handled when they happen. 

SSIS SurveyMonkey REST Destination - Error Handling

There are three options available:

  1. Fail on error
  2. Redirect rows to error output
  3. Ignore error

When the Redirect rows to error output option is selected, rows that failed to write to the target REST service will be redirected to the 'Error Output({PrimaryInputName})' output of the Destination Component; rows from the Child Input that failed to find the parent records will be redirected to the 'Orphaned Children Error Output' output of the Destination Component. As indicated in the screenshot below, the blue output connection represent rows that were successfully written, and the red 'Error Output{PrimaryInputName}' and 'Orphaned Children Error Output' connection represents rows that were erroneous.

  • Error Output({PrimaryInputName})
    • ErrorCode: Contains the error code that is reported by the target service or the component itself
    • ErrorColumn: Contains the name of the column that is causing the error. Note that this column is not always populated
    • ErrorMessage: Contains the error message that is reported by the target service or the component itself
  • Orphaned Children Error Output
    • ErrorCode: Contains the error code that is reported by the target service or the component itself from the Child Inputs
    • ErrorColumn: Contains the name of the column that is causing the error from the Child Inputs. Note that this column is not always populated
    • Input Name: Contains the name of the Child Input that is having issue.
    • Column Name: Contains the name of the column that is having issue in the specific Child Input.
    • Column Value: Contains the value of the column that is having issue in the specific Child Input.
    • Parent Input Name: Contains the Parent Input name of the specific Child Input.
    • Parent Column Name: Contains the name of the column that is having issue in the specific Parent Input.

Error output

In the Error Handling page, there is also an option that can be used to enable or disable the following output field for the destination component.

  • _IsNew: Contains value to indicate whether it is a newly created contact record, or an existing one. This option only available to Contact object with Upsert action.
  • _SurveyMonkeyId: Contains the newly created SurveyMonkey record's ID, which you can use to write to log or further process using additional data flow components.

Note: If you don't plan to use this field for any further processing, it is generally recommended to turn them off, so you don't get any warning from SSIS by complaining that those fields are never used, and it should also provide a slightly better performance by doing so.