K.E.T.T.L.E (Kettle ETTL Environment) is a meta- data driven ETL (Extraction, Transformation, Transportation, and Loading) tool. This means that no code has to be written to perform complex data transformations. It is possible to create plugins to do custom transformations or access proprietary data sources. Kettle supports most databases on the market, and has native support for slowly changing dimensions on most database platforms.
Data and metadata were separated to reduce object creation and improve performance. Faster flat file support was added, including parallel reading and lazy conversion. A new look and feel was added and usability was improved. Seven new Transformation Step types were added. Seven new Job Entry types were added.
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