In this chapter you learned how to get data from files and put data back into files. Specifically, you learned how to:

  • Get data from plain files and also from XML files
  • Put data into text files and Excel files
  • Get information from the operating system such as command-line arguments and system date

We also discussed the following:

  • The main PDI terminology related to data, for example datasets, data types, and streams
  • The Select values step, a commonly used step for selecting, reordering, removing and changing data
  • How and when to use Kettle variables
  • How to run transformations from a terminal with the Pan command

Now that you know how to get data into a transformation, you are ready to start manipulating data. This is going to happen in the next ...

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