I recently needed to use Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) to send a file to a server for processing using HTTP Post. I spent several hours trying to use the existing steps HTTP Post, HTTP Client & Rest Client but I couldn't get it to work. After some more research I came across the issue PDI-10120 - Support for Multi-part Form Submittal In Web Service Steps and I thought I was out of luck.
I previously wrote a small Java client for a similar use case and remembered the PDI has a step called User Defined Java Class (UDJC). After reading this great tutorial I created the following basic transaction. I have a dataset with the URL and the full file path and use the UDJC to make the HTTP call.
The Java class handles the actual HTTP Post. It uses 2 input variables, the URL (url) which is used for the call and the file name (longFileName). The HTTP call then contains the file (line 30) and the file name (line 31). I included some basic error handling based on the HTTP status code.
The other day I had to setup a new data warehouse that will be used for reporting with MicroStrategy. Part of it was setting up the date dimension including the transformation tables. I had a quick look online and couldn't find any script doing the work for me so I created them myself (with the help of a colleague). All you need is an existing date dimension with date_id, year_id, quarter_id, month_id and week_id, you can find plenty of scripts for that online.
YTD tableselect t1.day_id, t2.day_id INTO YTD_DAY from LU_DAY t1, LU_DAY t2 where t1.day_id >= t2.day_id and t1.year_id = t2.year_id
QTD table select t1.day_id, t2.day_id as qtd_day_id INTO QTD_DAY from LU_DAY t1, LU_DAY t2 where t1.day_id >= t2.day_id and t1.QUARTER_id = t2.QUARTER_id
MTD tableselect t1.day_id, t2.day_id as mtd_day_id INTO MTD_DAY from LU_DAY t1, LU_DAY t2 where t1.day_id >= t2.day_id and t1.month_id = t2.month_id
WTD tableselect t1.day_id, t2.day_id as wtd_day_id INTO WTD_DAY from LU_DAY t1, LU_DAY t2 where …
During my former internships in a consulting company I had to work A LOT with Microsoft Excel and often had to use dynamic cell references over multiple worksheets. Recently I started using the spreadsheets of Google Docs to track my bank account balance and to figure out where all my money goes. I decided to have one sheet for every month + one sheet of the month I want to analyze. But how do I dynamically change the reference to the sheet (the monthly sheet) I want to analyze without editing every single formula? Here is my solution: Create the target sheets and your overview sheet - I gave my sheets the names Month + Year (July 09)In the overview choose one cell that you want to contain the reference sheet and enter the sheet name - cell D24 in the example - Using the month names you might have to write 'July 09, otherwise Google will think it's a date.In the overview you can now dynamically reference to a detail sheet using the following formula:=INDIRECT("'"&…