The Integration Service evaluates the input ports first. The Integration Service evaluates the variable ports next, and the output ports last.
The Integration Service evaluates ports in the following order:
The Integration Service evaluates all input ports first since they do not depend on any other ports. Therefore, you can create input ports in any order. The Integration Service does not order input ports because input ports do not reference other ports.
Variable ports can reference input ports and variable ports, but not output ports. Because variable ports can reference input ports, the Integration Service evaluates variable ports after input ports. Variables can reference other variables, so the display order for variable ports is the same as the order in which the Integration Service evaluates each variable.
For example, if you calculate the original value of a building and then adjust for depreciation, you might create the original value calculation as a variable port. This variable port needs to appear before the port that adjusts for depreciation.
The Integration Service evaluates output ports last, because output ports can reference input ports and variable ports. The display order for output ports does not matter beause output ports cannot reference other output ports. Be sure output ports display at the bottom of the list of ports.