Kettle 3.1.0 released

Dear Kettle friends,

It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be able to announce version 3.1.0 of Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle) on behalf of the complete development team and indeed our entire community.
Many things have changed, take a look at the What’s new in 3.1. overview

Here are the packages for your downloading and usage pleasure:

As you can see from the download list, we have ported our documentation over to the Pentaho Wiki. This will help us to keep the documentation set up to date and also will make it easier to interact with our community (you!) more easily.
The micro-detailed change-logs are here in JIRA:

In short : an impressive 562 bugs, improvements and feature requests got resolved or implemented.

As a reminder, you still need version 1.5 of the Java Runtime Environment.

We hope you will find Pentaho Data Integration useful and as always we look forward to your feedback.

Until next time,


Spoon 3.1.0 screen shot

Blogging on the HST

There has to be a first time for everything and for me this is the first blog post on the high speed train back home from Paris to Brussels.  OK, so the ping times to range from 180-800ms, but so far everything seems to work absolutely great.

All in all, I’m quite happy with the setup. Took a picture with my phone, sent it to the laptop using Bluetooth, then over WIFI to my website.  All traveling at +300kph (200mph) with the laptop plugged in.

The downside obviously is that you can work on the train this way 🙂

Until next time,


I guess it’s a new type of chain-blogging like we used to have chain-mails.
Just passing along the instructions for other bloggers….

1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
2. Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture.

It’s kinda fun.

Until the next time,

Getting started with Kettle

For those people starting with Kettle (Pentaho Data Integration) we created a Getting Started page on our Wiki.

Since I realized that for some people, simple and easy can never be simple and easy enough I created 8 mini-flash demos :

Frame of debugging flash video

The idea is that you get an idea of how things work in under 10 minutes.

Let me know what all y’all think.  If there are videos/flash demos you like to share, please please feel free to let me know!

Until next time,

Black holes : ban all matches!

Because of the construction work on our house we had to move to a different place.  We have a gas driven stove to cook our daily food on.

Today, when I wanted to light a match to start the fire, I quickly stopped when the following thought occurred: what if lighting that match would create a black hole and suck up the complete earth?

OK, I hear you say, it happens many times all over the world, people light up matches all the time!  Yeah, but it would just be MY luck if a black hole happens to get created in MY match, right?

I mean, those things are highly explosive things, you never know what goes on in there?  Has this process been investigated long enough?  I certainly have no clue how a match ignites!

Personally, I think they should just switch to electronic lighters and ban all matches on the planet.  I’m sure most of you agree with me!

Until next time,


Kettle & SAP : ProERPconn

Dear Kettle fans,

We have more good news from our friends at Proratio, a Pentaho partner of the first hour: apparently they finished porting the ProSAPConn SAP adapter to version 3.x of Kettle.  It’s now re-branded under the name ProERPconn.

For me it’s interesting to see this software grow and improve over time since the connector was the reason why Kettle got a plugin architecture in the first place. Back in 2003-2004 I added the capability to load plugins after contacts with Proratio in version 2.0 of Kettle.  That same plugin system survived a number of years (up until version 2.5) and it’s great to see that we now have the possibility to address SAP data using a 3.x version plugin as well.

Congratulations to the Proratio team!

Until next time,

Kettle docs transitions

Dear Kettle friends,

Right before a major release we always try to update the documentation to the best of our possibilities.  Before we push out version 3.1 of PDI we’re going through this process all over again.

This time around, we opted to migrate our documentation to the Pentaho wiki!

Most of the Spoon manual that was previously only available on ODF/PDF format was migrated over here:

All the steps available in version 3.1.0 are listed and documented over here:

At the same time, we’re listing all the job entries over here:

We hope that this transition, while very labor intensive, was worth it for our community.  We hope that it will inspire a wave of community contributions in the form of suggestions, examples, useful tips, links, etc.

Feel free to vent your opinion!

Until next time,

25 Years GNU

Just as I was reading more news from nowhere, I came across this great Stephen Fry video over at

After 25 years of GNU, their principles are as relevant as ever, still untainted and fresh as ever.   My congratulations go out to Richard Stallman and the whole team behind the Free Software Fondation.  Thanks for hanging in there for so long.  It seems the more people ridicule Richard, the stronger his ideas become in the world.  Keep going man, don’t let the trolls get you.

I bargained for salvation and they gave me a lethal dose
I offered up my innocence and got repaid with scorn
“Come in” she said
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm”.

Bob Dylan, just to stay even remotely in the right time-frame. 🙂

Until next time,