Exercise 3 Dynamic Community Mapping Data Translations
Data Community Mapping (Esri File Geodatabase)
Addresses (Esri File Geodatabase)
Overall Goal Create a dynamic workspace to translate any Geodatabase dataset to a format of the end-user's choice
Demonstrates Dynamic Formats
Start Workspace None
End Workspace C:\FMEData2018\Workspaces\DesktopAdvanced\ReadWrite-Ex3-Complete.fmw

In the previous exercise, a workspace was generated to translate a Geodatabase dataset into a number of formats using the Generic Writer.

However, that workspace had a limitation with the output attributes (every output dataset got all of the source table attributes), and you also feel it would be useful if that workspace could handle any source Geodatabase, not just the community maps dataset.

So, let’s create a new workspace to handle that scenario.

1) Start Workbench
Start FME Workbench and begin by generating a workspace as follows:

Reader Format Esri Geodatabase (File Geodb Open API)
Reader Dataset C:\FMEData2018\Data\CommunityMapping\CommunityMap.gdb
Writer Format Generic (Any Format)
Writer Dataset C:\FMEData2018\Output\Training
Writer Parameters Output Format: Esri Shapefile
Workflow Options Dynamic Schema

2) Inspect Workspace
Inspect the newly created workspace:

There is one reader feature type and one writer feature type. The reader feature type shows a list of attributes, but the writer feature type doesn’t. It is, however, labeled <Dynamic>.

Again, there will be a user parameter for the Feature Types to Read and the output format.

If you wish, create a more-limited version of the output format parameter, by following steps 3-5 in the previous exercise; although this isn’t totally necessary for what we’re doing here.

But don’t delete the Source Dataset user parameter; we’ll need that shortly.

3) Run Workspace
Run the workspace with the prompt option set.

When prompted, select some source tables and set the output format. The workspace will run to completion. Check the output to ensure it is all correct.

4) Re-Run Workspace
Now rerun the workspace.

This time click the browse button for the source Geodatabase and browse to C:\FMEData2018\Data\Addresses\Addresses.gdb

Choose the feature types to read, and this time you will be presented with a list of feature types from the newly selected Geodatabase. Select one or both of them.

Click OK to rerun the workspace. Inspect the output. Notice that the output feature types are all as listed in the original data. Also, notice that the attributes are as in the original too!

From this, we can see that a dynamic workspace is capable of handling any source schema and writing it out to a new dataset just as it was in the source data.

By completing this exercise you have learned how to:
  • Create a dynamic workspace
  • Use the Generic Reader in a dynamic workspace

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