Re: Reading CSV or Excel files in java and mapping values to database columns

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 13:27:52 -0000
On Jun 20, 10:42 am, "" <>

Dear colleagues,

I am looking for a free and simple mechanism for reading data from
files (could be CSV or XLS ) and inserting values that are read into a
database. I know that I could import a csv/xls file directly from a
database, but this is different. There is a Document Management
System in the mix. The use case is like this:

1) User creates csv/xls file with certain information ( i.e:
2) Java program reads file and maps string values to attribute
properties in the DMS

I've seen the Apache POI and a few other (Oster utils, etc) but I
haven't found something simple and flexible enough to allow me to
incorporate business logic as well as basic file i/o and string

If you have any information, tips or advice, I would greatly
appreciate it.

Kind regards,


You can also try my company's Data Pipeline product:

Here's an example from our cookbook:

-- code snippet ---------------------------------------------

package com.northconcepts.datapipeline.examples.cookbook;

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.Driver;
import java.util.Properties;

import com.northconcepts.datapipeline.core.DataReader;
import com.northconcepts.datapipeline.core.DataWriter;
import com.northconcepts.datapipeline.core.Job;
import com.northconcepts.datapipeline.csv.CSVReader;
import com.northconcepts.datapipeline.jdbc.JdbcWriter;

public class WriteACsvFileToDatabase1 {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Throwable {
        // connect to the database
        Driver driver = (Driver)
        Properties properties = new Properties();
        properties.put("user", "scott");
        properties.put("password", "tiger");
        Connection connection = driver.connect("jdbc:odbc:dp-
cookbook", properties);

        DataReader reader = new CSVReader(new File("credit-

        DataWriter writer = new JdbcWriter(connection,

        Job.runNow(reader, writer);


-- code snippet ---------------------------------------------

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If you have any questions, feel free to post it here or in our fourms.

Good luck,

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