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Manage CSV Data in DBArtisan as a JDBC Source

Use wizards in DBArtisan to create a JDBC data source for CSV.

The CData JDBC Driver for CSV seamlessly integrates CSV data into database management tools like DBArtisan by enabling you to access CSV data as a database. This article shows how to create a JDBC source for CSV in DBArtisan. You can then edit data visually and execute standard SQL.

Integrate CSV Data into DBArtisan Projects

Follow the steps below to register CSV data as a database instance in your project:

  1. In DBArtisan, click Data Source -> Register Datasource.
  2. Select Generic JDBC.
  3. Click Manage.
  4. In the resulting dialog, click New. Enter a name for the driver and click Add. In the resulting dialog, navigate to the driver JAR. The driver JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  5. In the Connection URL box, enter credentials and other required connection properties in the JDBC URL.

    The DataSource property must be set to a valid local folder name.

    Also, specify the IncludeFiles property to work with text files having extensions that differ from .csv, .tab, or .txt. Specify multiple file extensions in a comma-separated list. You can also set Extended Properties compatible with the Microsoft Jet OLE DB 4.0 driver. Alternatively, you can provide the format of text files in a Schema.ini file.

    Set UseRowNumbers to true if you are deleting or updating in CSV. This will create a new column with the name RowNumber which will be used as key for that table.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the CSV JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.csv.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    jdbc:csv:DataSource=MyCSVFilesFolder;
  6. Finish the wizard to connect to CSV data. CSV entities are displayed in the Datasource Explorer.

You can now work with CSV data as you work with any other database. See the driver help documentation for more information on the queries supported by the CSV API.