moor2csv

Supporting package for SQL/Moor, that allows easily exporting SQL-based Moor database to a CSV form, for external storage or sharing. Works on all platforms except Web.

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Usage Steps

First, perform necessary steps to provide Storage capability in the device you are developing for. Example: Editing android\app\src\main\AndroidManifest.xml and providing permissions for Android.

  1. Set up a Moor Database in your flutter project and create necessary Data Structures and tables. Example:

     import 'package:moor/moor.dart';
     import 'package:undo/undo.dart';
    
     // ****** Employee Data Structure for Table *****
     class Employees extends Table {
       TextColumn get employeeID => text()();
       TextColumn get name => text().withLength(max: 100).nullable()();
       IntColumn get phoneNo => integer().nullable()();
       TextColumn get deviceID => text().nullable()();
       @override
       Set<Column> get primaryKey => {employeeID};
     }
    
    // ****** Moor Setup ********

    part 'Database.g.dart';

    @UseMoor(tables: [Employees])
    class Database extends _$Database {
      Database(QueryExecutor e) : super(e);
      final cs = ChangeStack();

      @override
      int get schemaVersion => 1;

      Future<List<Employee>> getAllEmployees() => select(employees).get();
      ...
    } db;
  1. Run a query to get your List<DataClass> item from the Database.
    Example: List<Employee> _employees = await db.getAllEmployees(); in an async function gets us our List<DataClass> item from database db.

  2. Simply Create a MoorSQLtoCSV object by passing in the the List<DataClass> object as parameter to it (and optionally the CSV file name to save it as) and it will do all the necessary work to export your Database to a CSV file. Example to store _employees object of type Employee table in employees.csv:

     _csvGenerator = MoorSQLToCSV(_employees, csvFileName: 'employees'); // Date fields will be saved as Iso8601 String.
    
  3. Optionally, access the wasCreated member getter of the MoorSQLtoCSV object to get a Future<bool> stating whether your CSV file was generated and the pathToCSVDirectory getter to get the path to the directory where the CSV file was generated, once it's been done.

  4. If the Database was successfully created, you will find it in:

    a. Android and IoS: Your Flutter App's internal Storage directory (eg. Android\Data\com.*.*\appName for Android), provided the permissions were given and the CSV was succesfully generated.

    b. Desktop Systems: Downloads Directory.


Dependencies

  1. Moor (with Tables and DataClasses ready). (Moor requires dependencies like moor_generator and build_runner for full functioning. Make sure you are familiar before using this package)
  2. Path Provider: To provide paths to Download folder (in desktop) and App Internal Storage Directory (in Mobile platforms) which are the only places storage of files is allowed
  3. Permission Handler: To provide Storage read/write permission on Mobile devices. Moor itself requires it too.
  4. Also uses dart:io library for file handling.

Available Methods

1. MoorSQLToCSV (Class constuctor): Call it with List<DataClass> parameter to directly generate CSV from it.

Optional Parameter csvFileName: Provides the file name to save the generated file as (with extension .csv).

2. wasCreated (getter): Future<bool> signifying whether the file was succesfully created.

3. pathToCSVDirectory (getter): Gives the path to directory where generated file is stored.

Example Usage

Future<bool> exportDatabase() async {
  bool didSucceed = false;
  List<Employee>_employees = await db.getAllEmployees();

  if (_employees.isNotEmpty) {
    MoorSQLToCSV _csvGenerator = MoorSQLToCSV(_employees, csvFileName: 'employees');
    didSucceed = await_csvGenerator.wasCreated;
  }
  return didSucceed;
}

Potential Contribution Ideas

  1. Implement a way to view the generated CSVs that works across platforms. Right now I can't think of any. Tested out Open package and url_launcher with failure in one or more platforms. The only way to browse the generated CSVs is to manually browse to the storage folder.

  2. Better documentation.

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