Detail Outer Join in Informatica

The Detail Outer Join in Informatica is used to return all the existing records from Master table and only matching records from Detail table.

Let us see the visual representation of the Detail Outer Join in Informatica for better understanding.

Informatica Detail Outer Join

In this article, we are going to perform Informatica Detail Outer Join on two SQL tables using Joiner Transformation in Informatica. Before we start designing the Mapping let us look at our two source tables on which we are going to perform Detail Outer Join in Informatica.

Employees Table inside the [Informatica Source] Database is:

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Department Table inside the [Informatica Source] Database is:

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Detail Outer Join in Informatica Example

Before we start doing anything, First connect to Informatica repository service with your Informatica Admin Console credentials.

TIP: Please refer Normal Join, Master Outer Join, Full Outer Join articles to understand the remaining Joins in Informatica.

Step 1: Creating Source Definition for Detail Outer Join in Informatica

Once you connected successfully, Please navigate to Source Analyzer and define your Sources. In this example, we are using Department and Employee tables from SQL Server database as our source definitions. Please refer Database Source in Informatica to understand the steps involved in creating source definition

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Step 2: Creating a Target Definition for Informatica Detail Outer Join

Please navigate to Target Designer and define the Target. In this example, we are using the already created SQL table (Detail Outer Join in Informatica) as our target definition. Please refer Create Informatica Target table using Source Definition to understand the steps involved in creating a target definition

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Step 3: Creating Informatica Detail Outer Join Mapping

For this example, we created the m_Detail_Outer mapping. Please refer Informatica Mapping article to understand creating Mapping. Next, Drag and drop the Employee and Department source definitions from Sources folder to the mapping designer. Once you drag the source, PowerCenter Designer will automatically create the default transformation called source qualifier.

Step 3(a): Creating Joiner Transformation in Informatica

In order to create Joiner transformation in Informatica, Please navigate to Transformation menu in Menu Bar and select the Create.. option as we shown below.

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Once you click on the Create.. option, Create Transformation window will be opened as shown below. Please select the Joiner transformation from a drop-down list and specify the unique name (JNR_DETAIL) for this transformation and click on Create button

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Once you click on the Create button, the Joiner transformation will be added to the mapping designer. In order to perform Detail Outer Join, Joiner Transformation requires some data so, we have to connect the Source definition with the transformation using Autolink.. option (or select and Drag required fields).

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Double click on the Joiner transformation to configure the join conditions. From the below screenshot you can see the list of available options in the Ports tab:

  • M: Please checkmark the Column(s) that you want to use as Master table. It is always good practice to select the table holding the least records as Master table. Here, we are selecting a Department table as our Master table.

NOTE: You don’t have to select each and every column present in the Master table. If you select One column from Employee then Informatica will automatically the remaining columns.

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Below screenshot will show you the list of available options in the Properties tab:

  • Join Type: In this example, we are performing Detail Outer Join so, we are selecting the Detail Outer Join from the drop-down list.
  • Sorted Input: If we are using the sorted data then check mark this option.
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Within the Condition tab, we have to specify the condition. In this example, we are going to perform Informatica Detail Outer Join on Department and Employee table based on the condition Department. id = Employee.Depart Id. So, click on the New button (beside scissors) to create a new condition and select the columns names from Master and detail list

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Once you finish configuring the Joiner Transformation properties, Click OK to close the transformation window.

Next, Drag and drop the target definition (Detail Outer Join in Informatica) from Targets folder to the mapping designer and connect the Joiner Transformation with the target definition. Please use the Autolink.. option to connect them.

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Before we close the Mapping, Let us validate the mapping by going to Mapping Menu bar and selecting the Validate option.

Step 4: Creating a Workflow for Detail Outer Join in Informatica

Once we finish creating the Mapping we have to create the workflow for it. PowerCenter Workflow manager provides two approaches to create a workflow.

In this Informatica Detail Outer Join example, we will create the Workflow manually. In order to create new Informatica Workflow, Please navigate to Workflows Menu and select the Create option. This will open Create Workflow window as shown below. Please provide the unique name (wf_Detail_Outer) and leave the default settings.

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Once we created the workflow, our next step is to create a session task for our mapping.

NOTE: We strictly recommend to refer Informatica Workflow article to understand the steps involved in creating Workflow manually.

Step 4(a): Creating Session for Informatica Detail Outer Join

There are two types of sessions in Informatica:

For this Informatica Detail Outer Join example, we are going to create Non-reusable Session. Please navigate to Tasks Menu and select the Create option to open the Create Task window. Here you have to select the Session as Task type (default) and enter a unique name (S_Detail_Outer) for the session.

Once you click on the Create button, a new window called Mappings will be opened. Here you have to select the mapping you want to associate with this session. From the below screenshot you can observe that we are selecting the mapping (m_Detail_Outer) that we created earlier (in Step 3).

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Double click on the Session Task to configure it. Although we have to configure Sources, targets and some common properties, we are explaining only a few properties. We strictly recommend visiting Session in Informatica article to understand the remaining properties.

From the below screenshot you can observe that we assigned the $target variable to Connection Value, we changed the Target Load Type option from Bulk to Normal mode and check marked the Truncate target table option to truncate the existing data from the destination table.

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From the below screenshot you can observe that the Informatica Detail Outer Join workflow is a valid one. Now, Let us start the Workflow by navigating to Workflows menu and selecting the Start Workflow option.

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Once you select the Start Workflow option, Informatica PowerCenter Workflow monitor will be opened to monitor the workflow. From the below screenshot you can observe that our Informatica Detail Outer Join workflow is executed without any errors.

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Let us open the SQL Server Management Studio to check whether we successfully performed the Detail Outer Join in Informatica using the Joiner Transformation or not.

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