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  1. Preface
  2. Transformations
  3. Source transformation
  4. Target transformation
  5. Aggregator transformation
  6. Cleanse transformation
  7. Data Masking transformation
  8. Deduplicate transformation
  9. Expression transformation
  10. Filter transformation
  11. Hierarchy Builder transformation
  12. Hierarchy Parser transformation
  13. Hierarchy Processor transformation
  14. Input transformation
  15. Java transformation
  16. Java transformation API reference
  17. Joiner transformation
  18. Labeler transformation
  19. Lookup transformation
  20. Mapplet transformation
  21. Normalizer transformation
  22. Output transformation
  23. Parse transformation
  24. Python transformation
  25. Rank transformation
  26. Router transformation
  27. Rule Specification transformation
  28. Sequence Generator transformation
  29. Sorter transformation
  30. SQL transformation
  31. Structure Parser transformation
  32. Transaction Control transformation
  33. Union transformation
  34. Velocity transformation
  35. Verifier transformation
  36. Web Services transformation

Transformations

Transformations

Variable fields

Variable fields

A variable field defines calculations and stores data temporarily. You can use variable fields in the Expression and Aggregator transformations.
You might use variables to perform the following tasks:
  • Temporarily store data.
  • Simplify complex expressions.
  • Store values from prior rows.
  • Compare values.
For example, you want to generate a mailing list by concatenating first and last names, and then merging the name with the address data. To do this, you might create a variable field, FullName, that concatenates the First and Last fields. Then, you create an expression field, NameAddress, to concatenate the FullName variable field with the Address field.
The results of a variable field does not pass to the data flow. To use data from a variable field in the data flow, create an expression field for the variable field output. In the preceding example, to pass the concatenated first and last name to the data flow, create a FullName_out expression field. And then, use the FullName variable field as the expression for the field.