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Optiq adapter which reads HTML tables from URLs.

Optiq-web is another simple demonstration of how to connect Optiq to your own data source and quickly get a full SQL/JDBC interface.

Based on the example (optiq-csv) provided by Julian Hyde

What it does

For example if you define:

You can then write a query like:

	count(*) "City Count",
	sum(100 * c."Population" / s."Population") "Pct State Population"
from "Cities" c, "States" s
where c."State" = s."State" and s."State" = 'California';

And learn that California has 69 cities of 100k or more comprising almost 1/2 of the state's population:

|     City Count      | Pct State Population |
| 69                  | 48.574217177106576   |

Try it yourself at Optiq Demo.

Download and build

You need Java (1.6 or higher; 1.7 preferred), git and maven (3.0.4 or later).

$ git clone git://
$ cd optiq-web
$ mvn compile

Kick the tires

Let's take a quick look at optiq-web's (and optiq's) features. We'll use sqlline, a SQL shell that connects to any JDBC data source and is included with optiq-web.

Connect to Optiq and try out some queries:

$ ./sqlline
sqlline> !connect jdbc:optiq:model=target/test-classes/wiki.json admin admin
sqlline> !tables
sqlline> !describe "Cities"
sqlline> SELECT * FROM "Cities";
sqlline> !describe "States"
sqlline> SELECT * FROM "States";
sqlline> !quit

More examples in the form of a script:

$ ./sqlline -f target/test-classes/webjoin.sql

(On Windows, the command is sqlline.bat.)

NB: When running the above script (webjoin.sql) you will see a number of warning messages for each query containing a join. These are expected and do not affect query results. These messages will be suppressed in the next release.

As you can see, Optiq has a full SQL implementation that can efficiently query any data source. For more on Optiq's SQL syntax, see the Optiq SQL Reference

For a more complete walk through what Optiq can do and how it does it, try the Optiq Tutorial.

Mapping tables

Tables can be simply defined for immediate gratification:

	tableName: "RawCities",
	url: ""

And subsequently refined for better usability / querying:

	tableName: "Cities",
	url: "",
	path: "#mw-content-text > table.wikitable.sortable",
	index: 0,
	fieldDefs: [
	  {th: "2012 rank", name: "Rank", type: "int", pattern: "(\\d+)", matchGroup: 0},
	  {th: "City", selector: "a", selectedElement: 0},
	  {th: "State[5]", name: "State", selector: "a:eq(0)"},
	  {th: "2012 estimate", name: "Population", type: "double"},
	  {th: "2010 Census", skip: "true"},
	  {th: "Change", skip: "true"},
	  {th: "2012 land area", name: "Land Area (sq mi)", type: "double", selector: ":not(span)"},
	  {th: "2012 population density", skip: "true"},
	  {th: "ANSI", skip: "true"}

NB: The above examples (exerpted from src/test/resources/wiki.json) are subject to the whims of the Wikipedia editors. In particular, the column headings referencing dates (e.g. '2012 rank') are likely to change. Such changes may cause issues with the execution of the webjoin.sql script in the script demo above.

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