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Pentaho Data Integration Quick Start Guide

By : María Carina Roldán
Book Image

Pentaho Data Integration Quick Start Guide

By: María Carina Roldán

Overview of this book

Pentaho Data Integration(PDI) is an intuitive and graphical environment packed with drag and drop design and powerful Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) capabilities. Given its power and flexibility, initial attempts to use the Pentaho Data Integration tool can be difficult or confusing. This book is the ideal solution. This book reduces your learning curve with PDI. It provides the guidance needed to make you productive, covering the main features of Pentaho Data Integration. It demonstrates the interactive features of the graphical designer, and takes you through the main ETL capabilities that the tool offers. By the end of the book, you will be able to use PDI for extracting, transforming, and loading the types of data you encounter on a daily basis.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Configuring the graphical designer tool

Spoon is PDI's desktop designer tool. With Spoon, you can design, preview, and test all of your work (that is, transformations and jobs).

Before starting to work with PDI, it's advisable to take a look at the Spoon interface and do some minimal configuration. The instructions are as follows:

  • Start Spoon: If your system is Windows, run Spoon.bat from within the PDI installation directory. On other platforms, such as Unix, Linux, and so on, open a Terminal window and type
  • The main window will show up, with a Welcome! window already open, as shown in the following screenshot:

Welcome page


The Welcome! page includes some links to web resources, forums, and more, as well as some shortcuts for working with PDI. You can reach that window at any time by navigating to the Help Welcome Screen option.

In order to customize Spoon, do the following:

  • Click on Options... in the Tools menu. A window appears, where you can change various general characteristics, as follows:



  • Many of the options in this tab will not make sense to you yet. Instead of doing anything here, select the tab Look & Feel:

Look & Feel options

  • Feel free to change any of the options in this tab (for example, the font color or size). Click on the OK button.
  • Restart Spoon to apply the changes.