I am not sure how to solve this problem:
We import order information from a variety of online vendors ( Amazon, Newegg etc ). Each vendor has their own specific terminology and structure for their orders that we have mirrored into a database. Our data imports into the database with no issues, however the problem I am faced with is to write a method that will extract required fields from the database, regardless of the schema.
For instance assume we have the following structures:
"OrderNumber" integer NOT NULL, -- The Order Number "InvoiceNumber" integer, -- The invoice number "OrderDate" timestamp without time zone, -- Create date.
"amazonOrderId" character varying(25) NOT NULL, -- Amazon's unique, displayable identifier for an order. "merchant-order-id" integer DEFAULT 0, -- A unique identifier optionally supplied for the order by the Merchant. "purchase-date" timestamp with time zone, -- The date the order was placed.
How can I select these items and place them into a temporary table for me to query against?
The temporary table could look like:
"OrderNumber" character varying(25) NOT NULL, "TransactionId" integer, "PurchaseDate" timestamp with time zone
I understand that some of the databases represent an order number with an integer and others a character varying; to handle that I plan on casting the datatypes to String values.
Does anyone have a suggestion for me to read about that will help me figure this out?
I don't need an exact answer, just a nudge in the right direction.
The data will be consumed by Java, so if any particular Java classes will help, feel free to suggest them.