Importing data from SQL databases
In this recipe, we will use
mysql apis to read data from Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL (now owned by Oracle) databases, respectively. Data from sources such as these tends to be well structured since it is designed to facilitate simultaneous transactions by members of organizations, and those who interact with them. Each transaction is also likely related to some other organizational transaction.
This means that although data tables from enterprise systems are more reliably structured than data from CSV files and Excel files, their logic is less likely to be self-contained. You need to know how the data from one table relates to data from another table to understand its full meaning. These relationships need to be preserved, including the integrity of primary and foreign keys, when pulling data. Moreover, well-structured data tables are not necessarily uncomplicated data tables. There are often sophisticated coding schemes that determine...