Reading plain files

In the previous chapter, we experimented with reading a simple file, but this time we will go into detail on getting and properly configuring a simple file's metadata.

For this and some of the future exercises in this book, we will use .csv files with surveys of the Airbnb website. The sample data can be downloaded from

For this exercise, we will read and configure a file with data about a survey carried out in Amsterdam. The file looks as follows:

Sample file

This time, we will use a Text file input step, which is much more flexible than the CSV file input that you ...

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