Implementing ETL destinations

Thibaut Barrère edited this page Jan 18, 2018 · 3 revisions

Like sources, destinations are classes that you are providing. Destinations must implement:

  • a constructor (to which Kiba will pass the provided arguments in the DSL)
  • a write(row) method that will be called for each non-dismissed row
  • an optional close method that will be called, if present, at the end of the processing (useful to tear down resources such as connections)

Here is an example destination:

require 'csv'

# simple destination assuming all rows have the same fields
class MyCsvDestination
  attr_reader :output_file

  def initialize(output_file)
    @output_file = output_file

  def write(row)
    @csv ||=, 'w')
    unless @headers_written
      @headers_written = true
      @csv << row.keys
    @csv << row.values

  def close

Note that you do not have to pass the row back as a result (unlike on transforms), because the return of write(row) on a destination is currently ignored.

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