15.00 - Data Conversion Capabilities - FastLoad

Teradata FastLoad Reference

prodname
FastLoad
vrm_release
15.00
category
Programming Reference
featnum
B035-2411-034K

Data Conversion Capabilities

Teradata FastLoad can redefine the data type specification of numeric, character, and date input data so it matches the type specification of its destination column in the Teradata FastLoad table on the Teradata Database. If, for example, an input field with numeric type data is targeted for a column with a character data type specification, Teradata FastLoad can change the input data specification to character before inserting it into the table.

The types of data conversions which can be specified are:

  • Numeric‑to‑numeric (for example integer‑to‑decimal)
  • Character‑to‑numeric
  • Character‑to‑date
  • Date‑to‑character
  • Note: Redundant conversions, like integer‑to‑integer, are legal and necessary to support the zoned decimal format. For more information about the zoned decimal format, see Database Design (B035‑1094) and SQL Data Types and Literals (B035‑1143).

    Use the datatype specification of the DEFINE command to convert input data to a different type before inserting it into the Teradata FastLoad table on the Teradata Database.

    For details on data types and data conversions, see SQL Data Types and Literals (B035‑1143).