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Some of the items in the pgloader Road Map will only happen given some financial contributions to the project. You are most welcome to participate into the progress of pgloader!

The following projects are part of the pgloader Road Map, and after you’ve bought a pgloader Moral Licence you are entitled to vote for them so see them delivered in a time frame that makes sense for your migration projects.

  • New database sources

    • Oracle™ support
    • Sybase™ support
    • IBM DB2 support, via an ODBC driver
  • New SQL Objects support

    • View Definitions
    • Stored Procedures
    • Native PostgreSQL 10 Partitioned Tables, see Issue #732
    • Materialize Views support for MS SQL, see Issue #316
  • Quality and Delivery

    • More frequent releases
    • Binaries for all platforms, including Windows
    • Continuous Integration for database sources

Adding Support for a new Database

pgloader has been developed with adding new source types in mind, so that it’s easy enough to add new drivers. Adding a new database source requires the following steps:

  1. Integration of a Common Lisp driver for the database source

    In the case of Sybase, we’re going to use the FreeTDS driver, that already has been integrated into pgloader in order to add support for MS SQL.

    In the case of Oracle™, we are considering cl-oracle. In many other cases, the ODBC driver support might be all we need.

  2. Catalog queries for the new database source

    The catalog queries in pgloader are integrated in SQL files, so that it’s easy for non-Common-Lisp hackers to edit them. See for instance the SQL Server queries at src/sources/mssql/sql.

  3. Data Types default casting rules

    We then need to export the data in a way that PostgreSQL is happy about, and it sometimes requires more work that it should.

Once those 3 steps are implemented, we have a new pgloader data source. That’s pretty simple actually.

Adding support for new SQL Objects

Currently pgloader only supports tables, indexes, some constraints (not null, unique, primary keys, foreign keys) and sequences. With some more advanced RDBMS, it might not be enough.

It is possible to add new SQL objects to pgloader. The main difficulty of the task is going to decide how to best map those new objects to PostgreSQL feature set.

For instance, Oracle Synonyms allow tables from one schema to be used in another schema. That’s because in Oracle, a schema belongs to a user. When using PostgreSQL, we don’t have that arbitrary limitation, and we don’t need synonyms as a result.

Compilers, Transpilers

pgloader currently doesn’t have a look at the SQL definition of objects, it uses the catalog representation of them. So there’s currently no SQL parser in pgloader.

In order to support View Definitions and Stored Procedures, it will be necessary to write SQL compilers that know how to transform SQL text from a dialect to another. That’s something I began having a look at in the plconvert project.

So if you need to add support for View Definition in pgloader, which means rewriting the view SQL definition in another SQL dialect, then let’s talk about it!

Influence the Road Map

You want to add new items to the Road Map? You need existing items being taken care of now? Then contribute to the road map!

There are two ways to contribute to pgloader Road Map. As it’s a fully Open Source project, you can of course implement the feature yourself and contribute it to the project. To do that, fork the project on github and get started, then submit a Pull Request. As usual.

If you don’t want to do that — maybe because you don’t have enough time to both hack pgloader and migrate your database — then contribute financially to the project by purchasing a pgloader Moral License.

Then we will raise your missing feature’s priority and assign someone to implement it for you! Of course, we will need to be able to talk to you about it and run tests that make sense to you. The best possible way for you to ensure that our development meet your criteria is to provide us with a testing environment and test cases.