SqlRender

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SqlRender is part of the OHDSI Methods Library.

Introduction

This is an R package for rendering parameterized SQL, and translating it to different SQL dialects. SqlRender can also be used as a stand-alone Java library and a command-line executable.

Features

Examples

This exampe shows the use of parameters, as well as SqlRender’s {if} ? {then} : {else} syntax:

sql <- render("SELECT * FROM @a; {@b != ''}?{USE @b;}", a = "my_table", b = "my_schema")

will produce the variable sql containing this value:

"SELECT * FROM my_table; USE my_schema;"

subsequently running this code

sql <- translate(sql, "sql server", "oracle")

will produce the variable sql containing this value:

"SELECT * FROM my_table; ALTER SESSION SET current_schema =  my_schema;"

Technology

The SqlRender package is an R package wrapped around a Java library. The rJava package is used as interface.

The Java library is available as a JAR file.

System Requirements

Running the package requires R with the package rJava installed. Also requires Java 1.6 or higher.

Installation

R package

In R, to install the latest stable version, install from CRAN:

install.packages("SqlRender")

To install the latest development version, install from GitHub:

install.packages("devtools")
devtools::install_github("ohdsi/SqlRender")

Once installed, you can try out SqlRender in a Shiny app that comes with the package:

library(SqlRender)
launchSqlRenderDeveloper()

Java library

You can fetch the JAR file in the inst/java folder of this repository, or use Maven:

  1. First add the SqlRender repository so that maven can find and download the SqlRender artifact automatically:
<repositories>
    <repository>
        <id>ohdsi</id>
        <name>repo.ohdsi.org</name>
        <url>http://repo.ohdsi.org:8085/nexus/content/repositories/releases</url>
    </repository>
    <repository>
        <id>ohdsi.snapshots</id>
        <name>repo.ohdsi.org-snapshots</name>
        <url>http://repo.ohdsi.org:8085/nexus/content/repositories/snapshots</url>
        <releases>
            <enabled>false</enabled>
        </releases>
        <snapshots>
            <enabled>true</enabled>
        </snapshots>
    </repository>
</repositories>

2: Include the SqlRender dependency in your pom.xml

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.ohdsi.sql</groupId>
    <artifactId>SqlRender</artifactId>
    <version>1.0.0-SNAPSHOT</version>
</dependency>

Command-line executable

You can fetch the JAR file in the inst/java folder of this repository, or use Maven as described above. Run this from the command line to get a list of options:

java -jar SqlRender.jar ?

User Documentation

Support

License

SqlRender is licensed under Apache License 2.0

Development

SqlRender is being developed in R Studio.

Development status

Stable. The code is actively being used in several projects.

Acknowledgements