tMemorizeRows - 6.1

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tMemorizeRows properties

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tMemorizeRows temporarily memorizes an array of incoming data in a row by row sequence and instantiates this array by indexing each of the memorized rows from 0. The maximum number of rows to be memorized at any given time is defined in the Basic settings view.


tMemorizeRows memorizes a sequence of rows that pass this component and then allows its following component(s) to perform operations of your interest on the memorized rows.

Basic settings

Schema and Edit schema

A schema is a row description, it defines the number of fields that will be processed and passed on to the next component. The schema is either built-in or remote in the Repository.

Since version 5.6, both the Built-In mode and the Repository mode are available in any of the Talend solutions.

Click Edit schema to make changes to the schema. If the current schema is of the Repository type, three options are available:

  • View schema: choose this option to view the schema only.

  • Change to built-in property: choose this option to change the schema to Built-in for local changes.

  • Update repository connection: choose this option to change the schema stored in the repository and decide whether to propagate the changes to all the Jobs upon completion. If you just want to propagate the changes to the current Job, you can select No upon completion and choose this schema metadata again in the [Repository Content] window.

Click Sync columns to retrieve the schema from the previous component connected in the Job.



Built-in: The schema will be created and stored locally for this component only. Related topic: see Talend Studio User Guide.



Repository: You have already created the schema and stored it in the Repository, hence can be reused in various projects and job designs. Related topic: see Talend Studio User Guide.


Row count to memorize

Define the row count to be memorized.


Columns to memorize

Select the columns to be memorized from the incoming data schema.

Advanced settings

tStatCatcher Statistics

Select this check box to gather the Job processing metadata at a Job level as well as at each component level.


This component can be used as intermediate step in a data flow or the last step before beginning a subjob.

Note: You can use the global variable NB_LINE_ROWS to retrieve the value of the Row count to memorize field of the tMemorizeRows component.


Outgoing links (from this component to another):

Row: Main

Trigger: Run if; On Component Ok; On Component Error.

Incoming links (from one component to this one):

Row: Main;

For further information regarding connections, see Talend Studio User Guide.

Global Variables

NB_LINE_ROWS: the number of rows memorized. This is an After variable and it returns an integer.

ERROR_MESSAGE: the error message generated by the component when an error occurs. This is an After variable and it returns a string. This variable functions only if the Die on error check box is cleared, if the component has this check box.

A Flow variable functions during the execution of a component while an After variable functions after the execution of the component.

To fill up a field or expression with a variable, press Ctrl + Space to access the variable list and choose the variable to use from it.

For further information about variables, see Talend Studio User Guide.

Scenario: Counting the occurrences of different ages

This scenario counts how many different ages there are within a group of 12 customers. In this scenario, the customer data is generated at random.

This Job uses 5 components which are:

  • tRowGenerator: it generates 12 rows of customer data containing IDs, names and ages of the 12 customers.

  • tSortRow: it sorts the 12 rows according to the age data.

  • tMemorizeRows: it temporarily memorizes a specific number of incoming data rows at any give time and indexes the memorized data rows.

  • tJavaFlex: it compares the age values of the data memorized by the preceding component, counts the occurrences of different ages and displays these ages in the Run view.

  • tJava: it displays the number of occurrences of different ages.

To replicate this scenario, proceed as follows:

Dropping and linking the components

  1. Drop tRowGenerator, tSortRow, tMemorizeRows, tJavaFlex and tJava on the design workspace.

  2. Connect tRowGenerator to tSortRow using the Row > Main link.

  3. Do the same to link together tSortRow, tMemorizeRows and tJavaFlex using the Row > Main link.

  4. Connect tRowGenerator to tJava using the Trigger > OnSubjobOk link.

Configuring the components

Configuring the tRowGenerator component

  1. Double click the tRowGenerator component to open the its editor.

  2. In this editor, click the plus button three times to add three columns and name them as: id, name, age.

  3. In the Type column, select Integer for id and age.

  4. In the Length column, enter 50 for name.

  5. In the Functions column, select random for id and age, then select getFirstName for name.

  6. In the field of Number of Rows for RowGenerator, type in 12.

  7. In the Column column, click age to open its corresponding Function parameters view in the lower part of this editor.

    In the Value column of the Function parameters view, type in the minimum age and maximum age that will be generated for the 12 customers. In this example, they are 10 and 25.

Configuring the tSortRow component

  1. Double click tSortRow to open its Component view.

  2. In the Criteria table, click the plus button to add one row.

  3. In the Schema column column, select the data column you want to base the sorting operation on. In this example, select age as it is the ages that should be compared and counted.

  4. In the Sort num or alpha column, select the type of the sorting operation. In this example, select num, that is numerical, as age is integer.

  5. In the Order asc or desc column, select desc as the sorting order for this scenario.

Configuring the tMemorizeRows component

  1. Double click tMemorizeRows to open its Component view.

  2. In the Row count to memorize field, type in the maximum number of rows to be memorized at any given time. As you need to compare ages of two customers for each time, enter 2. Thus, this component memorizes two rows at maximum at any given moment and always indexes the newly incoming row as 0 and the previously incoming row as 1.

  3. In the Memorize column of the Columns to memorize table, select the check box(es) to determine the column(s) to be memorized. In this example, select the check box corresponding to age.

Configuring the tJavaFlex and tJava components

  1. Double click tJavaFlex to open its Component view.

  2. In the Start code area, enter the Java code that will be called during the initialization phase. In this example, type in int count=0; in order to declare a variable count and assign the value 0 to it.

  3. In the Main code area, enter the Java code to be applied to each row in the data flow. In this scenario, type in


    This code compares two ages memorized by tMemorizeRows each time and count one change every time when the ages are found different. Then this code displays the ages that have been indexed as 0 by tMemorizeRows.

  4. In the End code area, enter the Java code that will be called during the closing phase. In this example, type in globalMap.put("count", count); to output the count result.

  5. Double click tJava to open its Component view.

  6. In the Code area, type in the code System.out.println("Different ages: "+globalMap.get("count")); to retrieve the count result.

Saving and executing the Job

  1. Press Ctrl+S to save your Job.

  2. Press F6, or click Run on the Run console to execute the Job.

In the console, you can read that there are 10 different ages within the group of 12 customers.