As a user, you probably already know how ClipTable can quickly turn any data into a SQL Table.
The main-stream option would be:
- Copying a tabular data into your clipboard
- Pressing the magical "Import" button
- Defining a destination server
But there is more to it; Today I'm going to cover some other INSERT options ClipTable supports
For the demo I'm going to use a simple query against AdventureWorksLT2008:
select * from AdventureWorksLT2008.SalesLT.CustomerAddress
I'm taking the result and saving it as a CSV file, and also copying the result into the clipboard.
The first one is the "Generate INSERT Statement" option; which, instead of pumping the data into the table, creates an insert script you can launch anywhere.
Here's how you use it:
Copying the above query data into the clipboard, I click "Import from Clipboard", and the query data now appears in ClipTable (see screenshot):
Next, I'm going to jump right to the "Setup & Go" tab, but instead of clicking "Execute", I'm going to click the other part of the button, which contains additional insertion options (see screenshot):
Now, select the "Generate INSERT statements only", and the following window appears:
From this point, simply copy the data and execute anywhere you want.
Easy, isn't it?
Now let's move on to the other option: BULK INSERT.
On this option, you let ClipTable perform a field analysis on a CSV file, and then creating a complete BULK INSERT statement to load this file into a table, without having ClipTable to read the entire content into the memory first.
Needless to say, this feature is not 100% bullet-proof due to some known differences with BULK INSERT behavior as well as the fact that the default option is to not analyzing to entire file (speed & memory considerations), so field types may need some additional tune-ups.
OK, Let's go back to the "Import Clipboard Data" tab, only this time, we'll select the "Import from File" option (see screenshot):
Now, let's choose the CSV we've prepared earlier.
Before doing so, as a preparation for the bulk insert, there are two options we're going to change:
1. Make sure "Treat NULL strings as DbNull" option is unchecked
2. Uncheck "Data contains Headers" (since the CSV file does not contain headers on the 1st line)
Now, let's jump to the "Setup & Go" tab again and choose the "Generate BULK INSERT" option.
The following window appears:
Again, you can now use this data from your Management Studio (or equivalent) in order to load the data into your table.
Ready to give it a shot?
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