Import from Database

The component is designated for data set import from DBMS. The node created on the basis of this component enables to import a table or view from database, or results of execution of the SQL query set by a user.

It is allowed to use Control variables in the SQL query text as parameters and macro substitution. It allows for dynamic generation of the request sent to the server.

Important: For the node operation, it is required to pre-create connection to database and connect it with the Connection input port. Example of the DB connection and operation.


Input Ports

  •  Connection accepts parameters of connection to database.
  •  Control variables (optional port): it is possible to set values of the wizard parameters using variables.

Output Ports

  •  Data set: the table with imported data.


There are the following parameters in the wizard:

  • Connection enables to display a string of connection to data source. It cannot be edited.
  • List Tables/Views. The data source tables and views available for import are selected from the list. To display the list, connection must be activated by means of Activate button.
  •  /  — hides/shows the Tables/Views list.
  • Area of selection of variant of data retrieval from DB contains two tabs:
    • Table/View enables to retrieve set fields of the DB object. For this purpose, it is required to select fields of the DB object in the Table/View list that was selected in the Tables/Views list.
    • The SQL query enables to form the resulting data set by means of the SQL query. For this purpose, it is required to enter text of the database query in the SQL query tab. When finalizing the SQL query text, it is possible to use values of the input port variables that enables to improve processing of queries and provide flexible database use.

Preview… button enables to access request accuracy. It displays up to 100 first rows of the resulting table.

Use of Variables in Queries

Variables can be used in the SQL queries in the following ways:

  • As parameter: a defined value is set for the variable. The parameter is written with a colon in the query text, for example: :var1. The variable type will be taken into account in this case, for example, the string will be in quotation marks. It is allowed to use parameters only in the WHERE section.
  • As macro substitution: the SQL query or its any part is specified as the variable. It must be marked with percent signs in the query text, for example, %condition%.

Note: if the substitution construction is in quotation marks, quotation marks are prioritized but not the substitution.

SELECT * FROM %tables%
   %cond1% :TitlePart
   AND Books.year > :MinYear
   AND Publisher.Name LIKE '%Media%'


variable name type example value
tables string Books JOIN Publisher ON Books.PubId = Pub.Id
cond1 string title LIKE
TitlePart string Adventures%
MinYear integer 2005
Media string Astra Info

In this case, '%Media%' is not a macro substitution, that's why no replacement with the variable value will take place.

Consequently, the following query will be generated:

SELECT * FROM Books JOIN Publisher ON Books.PubId = Pub.Id
   title LIKE 'Adventures%'
   AND Books.year > 2005
   AND Publisher.Name LIKE '%Media%'

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