p.s. Almost without exception, I load files to a staging table first so that I can validate data, check for duplicates, etc, yada, yada. With that in mind, I also usually just load all the columns in the file so that I don't have to mess with anything if someone suddenly wakes up and wants to use previously excluded fields. It also makes it so I usually don't need format files but, when I do, I can also write a little ditty that reads the first line as a whole row, does some analysis as to what the delimiters are, and then generate a BCP format file and the command to do the import just by running a proc with the file path provided.
is pronounced "ree-bar
" and is a "Modenism
" for R
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
"If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
"Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."
When you put the right degree of spin on it, the number 3|8
is also a glyph that describes the nature of a DBAs job. 😉
How to post code problems
Create a Tally Function (fnTally)