Creating Data Relationships
This topic shows you how to define relationships between data objects in a DataHub Dataview. The relationship determines what data will be loaded into the Dataview when there are multiple data objects specified as sources.
Data objects usually contain records related to a specific data entity (e.g., Customer, Product, or Order information). As part of the database design, different data objects might contain common data so that the content of one data object can be used to augment or extend the information from a second data object. For example, if we wanted to know the order information for a customer there would have to be some common data to relate the Order records to the Customer records.
In a very simplistic sense, a relationship is defined with three basic pieces of information: the object and column from the "parent" object, the object and column from the "related" object, and the type of relationship.
Using the above example for customer orders, the three pieces of information would be the Customer's ID from the Customer object, the related Customer ID included in the Orders object, and an Inner Join relationship between the two objects' columns. DataHub provides a convenient interface for specifying the entire relationship.
Using relationship terminology, in the same example, the Customer object would be called the "left" object and the Orders object, the "right" object.
Supported Relationship Types
Here are the relationship types DataHub allows you to use:
A Left Join will return all of the data from the left object and the data from the right object where the data in the related columns match. Where there isn't matching data, return Null information for the right object's columns.
An Inner Join will return all of the data from the left and right objects where the data in the related columns match. Exclude the data from both objects if the data in the related columns doesn't match.
A Right Join will return all of the data from the right object and the data from the left object where the data in the related columns match. Where there isn't matching data, return Null information for the left object's columns.
An Outer Join will return all of the data from both the left and right objects. Where there are matches in the related columns, return the data from both left and right objects. Where a match can't be found, return Null information. All records from both data objects will be represented in the final dataview.
A Union All will return all of the data from both the left and right objects where there are matches in column names and data types. The non-matching columns will be appended to the rows. Note that no column specification is required for this type of relationship. DataHub will analyze the objects to determine the resulting record set.
In the following examples, we'll use the venerable Northwind database as our primary data source and we'll take you through the process of creating a Dataview that includes a relationship. Once you understand the user interface basics, the techniques used to select the objects and columns, and establish relationships is relatively simple.
We'll being by navigating to DataHub's Create a New Dataview, selecting or creating a Northwind data source (not shown here) , and displaying the Dataview Configuration tab.
We're going to need Customer information and Order information, so let's start by selecting the
Customers data object and identifying the customer data that we need.
We clicked on the Customers data object and clicked on the CompanyName, Region, and Country columns, as shown above. Notice at the bottom-left of the tab, the current definition of the columns in the Dataview is taking shape.
Our next step is to identify the Order information we need in the Dataview. If we click on the Orders object, the Dataview Configuration tab will look like:
Notice that the Customers columns are still in the Dataview, the Orders columns are available for selection, but no relationship between them has been defined yet.
If we click Create Relation in the Columns panel, the Create Relationship dialog box is displayed:
In order to create a relationship, do the following:
- Relationship Type - Click the type of relationship you want to use; in our example, it's a Left Join, which is selected by default.
- Relate To Object - Select the object we want to relate the Orders object to; we want to relate to Customers.
- Select "Left" Key Column - Select the column in Customers that we want to relate to one in Orders; we'll use CustomerID.
- Select "Right" Key Column - Select the column in Orders that we want to relate to the one we selected in Customers; we'll use CustomerID.
It's not necessary for this example, but we can create multiple key column pairs by clicking the icon.
Click Save to save the relationship.
The relationship description has been added to the top of the Columns panel, as shown above. To modify it, click the Join icon in the middle.
It's possible to create additional relationships between these and other objects by repeating the process described above.
Click the Save icon in the upper right-hand corner of the tab to save the Dataview with its relationship.
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