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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Provided Answers: 4

    Unanswered: can LOAD perform filtering ?

    We will monthly receive a CSV file with about 3 million records of finacial transactions generated by a third party using a bookkeeping program we can not control.

    This is how the records in the file will look like:
    invoice_nr	amount	booking/annulation ....
    12		1000	B	....
    13		500	B	....
    13		500	A	....
    14		2000	B	....
    14		2000	A	....
    14		2500	B	....
    14		2500	A	....
    14		3000	B	....
    B: means the amount was booked
    A: means the amount was annulated, cancelled, all the data of the original booking is copied, only B becomes A

    - the amount due of invoice nr 12 is $1000.
    - invoice nr 13 is cancelled totally, it is useless to import it into the database.
    - the amount due of invoice nr 14 is $3000, once it was $2000, but that was an error and it was cancelled, then it was changed to $2500, but that was cancelled too, the last thing we know is that it is now $3000.

    This should be imported into our database:
    invoice_nr	amount	....
    12		1000	....
    14		3000	....
    The records are stored ordered by the invoice_nr and the time the transaction was performed by the bookkeeping program.

    The logic is: import only the last record of a group of records (grouped by invoice_nr), if its booking/annulation flag is set to 'B'.

    Can we put some logic into the LOAD command to make it perform the filtering for us ? From the test data we received, a relatively large portion consists of booking/annulation/booking and booking/annulation.
    With kind regards . . . . . SQL Server 2000/2005/2012

    Grabel's Law: 2 is not equal to 3 -- not even for very large values of 2.
    Pat Phelan's Law: 2 very definitely CAN equal 3 -- in at least two programming languages

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    AFAIK, you cannot ...

    An option may be to load the data into a 'temp' table and then use a CURSOR(which is defined with the filter criterion) to load data into the main table

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