When you add an HBase table as the resource for an HBase data object, all the column families in the HBase table appear. If you know the details of the columns in the column families, you can select a column family and add the column details. Column details include column name, data type, precision, and scale.
Although data is stored in binary format in HBase tables, you can specify the associated data type of the column to transform the data. To avoid data errors or incorrect data, verify that you specify the correct data type for the columns.
Verify that you specify valid column details when you add columns to avoid unexpected run-time behaviors. If you add a column that does not exist in the column family and create a data object read operation, the Data Integration Service returns a null value for the column at run time. If you do not specify a value for a column when you write data to an HBase table, the Data Integration Service specifies a null value for the column at run time.
If the HBase table has more that one column family, you can add column details for multiple column families when you create the data object. Select one column family at a time and add the columns details. The column family name is the prefix for all the columns in the column family for unique identification.