28 June 2023
I am happy to announce the release of “Firebird External Table Generator” (ext-table-gen for short).
External tables are a good way for bulk-loading data into Firebird. Unfortunately, external tables use a fixed-width binary format, and not (more) standard formats like CSV. It is not always easy to create an appropriate external table file, and this is where ext-table-gen can be used.
At a high level, ext-table-gen provides the following features:
CHAR-based external table definition (i.e. a
CREATE TABLE statement and a configuration for ext-table-gen) from a CSV file
Transform a CSV file to an external table file (either based on the CSV file itself, or based on a configuration file)
The current version only supports
CHAR columns, which makes the generated file essentially a fixed-width text format.
Future versions may introduce support for additional column types.
You can find the 1.0 release at ext-table-gen v1.0.
Documentation and release notes can be found on https://mrotteveel.github.io/ext-table-gen/.
The project itself is hosted on https://github.com/mrotteveel/ext-table-gen.