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Catalog Import

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:51 am
by sajeeshpj
Is there a way to import catalog (including category , Product and SKUs) to BLC database in batch mode. I have learnt that, in the demo store, sample catalog is created by executing a sequence of SQLs (inserts mostly) on server start up. If i were to load my own catalog, should i be writing these SQLs or is there a cleaner way to import data (which automatically takes care of creating PKs and FKs as needed) .

Thanks in advance

Re: Catalog Import

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:36 pm
by jefffischer
The choice is really up to you and there are advantages/disadvantages to the different approaches

1) Use the import.sql approach. This is useful for teams developing their own Broadleaf implementation, as it allows developers to enter the data necessary to support their features as they develop them and have that data become part of the project. This means that your developers can work locally, away from a dev database.

2) Write a program that uses JPA/Hibernate to create and persist entities. In this one, you don't have to worry about primary and foreign key creation. More work, though.

3) Use some other tool to import data into the database from some source.

It's on our roadmap in the future to provide a batch import feature in the admin, but this is more of a production/merchandiser feature than a development feature.