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Cowthulhu

02/22/2024, 5:36 AM
How can I sync all tables from one database to another when using the sling integration?
s

Scout

02/22/2024, 5:36 AM
To sync all tables from one database to another using the Sling integration with Dagster, you would typically follow these steps: 1. Set up a Sling Resource: Create a
SlingResource
that contains the source and target connections for your databases. You will need to define both a
SlingSourceConnection
and a
SlingTargetConnection
with the appropriate credentials and connection details for your source and destination databases. 2. Create an Asset for Each Table: Use the
build_sling_asset
factory function to create an asset for each table you want to sync. This function requires you to specify the source stream (the table in the source database) and the target object (the corresponding table in the target database). 3. Define Sync Mode: Decide on the sync mode (full or incremental) and any other relevant parameters such as primary keys for the tables. Here is an example of how you might set up the Sling resource and define an asset for syncing a single table:
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python
from dagster_embedded_elt.sling import (
    SlingResource,
    SlingSourceConnection,
    SlingTargetConnection,
    build_sling_asset,
    SlingMode,
    AssetSpec
)

# Define the source and target connections
source = SlingSourceConnection(
    type="source_db_type",  # e.g., "postgres"
    host="source_host",
    port="source_port",
    database="source_database",
    user="source_user",
    password="source_password"
)

target = SlingTargetConnection(
    type="target_db_type",  # e.g., "snowflake"
    host="target_host",
    user="target_user",
    database="target_database",
    password="target_password",
    role="target_role"
)

# Create the Sling resource
sling_resource = SlingResource(source_connection=source, target_connection=target)

# Define and create an asset for a single table
asset_def = build_sling_asset(
    asset_spec=AssetSpec("table_name"),
    source_stream="source_schema.source_table",
    target_object="target_schema.target_table",
    mode=SlingMode.FULL,  # or SlingMode.INCREMENTAL
    primary_key="id"  # if using incremental mode
)
To sync all tables, you would need to repeat the
build_sling_asset
step for each table you want to sync. The documentation does not provide a direct method for syncing all tables with a single command or configuration. If you have a large number of tables, you might consider automating the generation of these asset definitions with a script that iterates over your database schema. Keep in mind that the specifics of your implementation may vary based on the databases you are using and the details of your environment. You should refer to the Sling documentation and the Dagster Embedded ELT documentation for more detailed information on configuring source and target connections and other options availa
ble to you.
c

Cowthulhu

02/22/2024, 5:38 AM
@Scout Is there a way to get a list of all tables on the target database via the sling intergration?
s

Scout

02/22/2024, 5:38 AM
The documentation for Dagster's Sling integration does not explicitly describe a method for retrieving a list of all tables from a target database directly through the Sling integration. Sling, as an ELT tool integrated with Dagster, is primarily focused on the synchronization of data between sources and targets, rather than database introspection or schema enumeration. To get a list of all tables in a database, you would typically use the database's native querying capabilities. For example, in a PostgreSQL database, you could use a query like
SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_schema='public';
to list all tables in the public schema. If you need to perform this operation within a Dagster pipeline, you could create a custom solid that connects to the target database using a standard database client library for Python (like
psycopg2
for PostgreSQL or
pyodbc
for SQL Server), executes the appropriate query to retrieve the table list, and yields the results. Here's a simplified example of what such a solid might look like for a PostgreSQL database:
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python from dagster import solid, Output import psycopg2  @solid def list_tables(context):     # Replace with your actual database connection details     conn = psycopg2.connect(         dbname="your_dbname",         user="your_user",         password="your_password",         host="your_host"     )     cur = conn.cursor()     cur.execute("SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_schema='public';")     table_list = cur.fetchall()     cur.close()     conn.close()     return Output(table_list)
You would then use this solid within your Dagster pipeline to retrieve the list of tables, which you could pass to other solids or use to dynamically build assets for syncing. Remember to handle database connections and credentials securely, and consider using Dagster's resources and configuration system to manage database connections and pass credentials.
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