« Ruby Football Week 2021, June 11th to June 17th - 7 Days of Ruby (Sports) Gems

Day 4 - football-to-sqlite Gem - Read the European Football Championship (“Euro”) 2020 Match Schedule in the Football.TXT Format Into euro.db Using the Shell / Command Line

Written by geraldb Gerald Bauer

What’s the football-to-sqlite gem?

The football-to-sqlite gem ships with the football-to-sqlite (or football2sqlite) command line tool that lets you read match files in the (structured) Football.TXT format into a single-file SQLite database.

Let’s try:

$ football-to-sqlite --help

resulting in

Usage: football-to-sqlite [options] DATABASE PATHS...

Yes, that’s it. Pass along the database name e.g. euro2020.db and one or more match files e.g. euro2020.txt and you’re done.

Euro 2020 - 24 National Teams, 6 Groups - June 11th to July 11th 2021

Let’s building up an SQLite database from scratch / zero for the European Football Championship (“Euro”) 2020 reading in the match schedule in the Football.TXT format.

Grab / download a copy from the open public domain football datasets org @ /euro/2020--europe/euro.txt of the match schedule to your own local computer. And run the command line tool against the match file:

$ football-to-sqlite euro2020.db euro.txt

Voila. That’s it. The euro2020.db single-file SQLite database is now populated with 24 national teams in 6 groups and 36 matches (in the group phase) and so on.

Note: The command line tool will “auto-magically” create the database with all tables, indices, etc. on the first run if the single-file database does not (yet) exist.

Bonus - Pipes & Standard Input (STDIN)

Yes, you can use any command line tool to download match files and pipe (via stdin) into the tool e.g.:

$ curl https://github.com/openfootball/euro/raw/master/2020--europe/euro.txt | football-to-sqlite euro2020.db


Note: For now you CANNOT update match files, that is, if you try to add the same match twice (assuming with updated scores or such), the match reader will fail. The workaround is to always re-create/re-build your database from zero / scratch.

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