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Day 3 - sportdb Gem - Read in Sport (Football) Datasets in (Structured) Text Into Your SQL Database of Choice (SQLite, PostgreSQL, etc) - World Cup, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Austrian Bundesliga and More

Written by geraldb Gerald Bauer

A code monkey and enthusiastic collector (and publisher) of open football and beer data. Skills include Ruby, SQLite and CSV. Spec lead of CSV <3 JSON.

What’s the sportdb gem?

The sportdb command line tool and gems ships with an ready-to-use sport.db SQL schema and ActiveRecord models and (structured) text-to-data readers (parsers).

Quick Starter Sample - Kick Off

Let’s get started with the Quick Starter Sample. Welcome to the Mauritius Premier Football League. Lets create your own (structured) text datasets from scratch and read it all into your SQL database of choice (SQLite, PostgreSQL, etc) with a single command e.g.:

$ sportdb build

Let’s get started. Follow along these three steps:

Using a file structure like:

├── 2014-15                # 2014-15 season folder
|   ├── 1-league-i.txt     #   match fixtures / results - matchdays  1-18
|   └── 1-league-ii.txt    #                            - matchdays 19-36
├── leagues.txt            # all leagues
└── clubs.txt              # all clubs

Step 1: Add all leagues

Example - leagues.txt:

= Mauritius =

1  Mauritius Premier League

Note: The datafile starts with the country heading, that is, = ... = and than lists all leagues and cups on its own lines.

Step 2: Add all clubs

Example - clubs.txt:

= Mauritius =

Cercle de Joachim | Cercle de Joachim SC | Joachim
Chamarel | Chamarel SC
Curepipe Starlight | Curepipe SC | Starlight
Entente Boulet Rouge | Entente Boulet Rouge-Riche Mare Rovers
La Cure Sylvester | La Cure
Pamplemousses | Pamplemousses SC
Petite Rivière Noire | Petite Rivière
AS Port-Louis 2000 | ASPL 2000
AS Quatre Bornes | Quatre Bornes
AS Rivière du Rempart | Rivière du Rempart

Note: The datafile again starts with the country heading, that is, = ... = and than lists all clubs on its own lines. Use the pipe (|) to list alternate club names.

Step 3: Add all match fixtures and results

Example - 2014-15/1-league-i.txt:

= Mauritius Premier League 2014/15 =

Matchday 1
[Wed Nov/5]
  Curepipe Starlight    1-3  Petite Rivière Noire
  AS Quatre Bornes      1-0  La Cure Sylvester
  Pamplemousses         0-1  Rivière du Rempart
  AS Port-Louis 2000    5-1  Entente Boulet Rouge
  Chamarel SC           2-3  Cercle de Joachim

Matchday 2
[Sun Nov/9]
  Curepipe Starlight    2-1  AS Quatre Bornes
  Entente Boulet Rouge  1-2  Chamarel SC
  Rivière du Rempart    1-1  AS Port-Louis 2000
  La Cure Sylvester     1-2  Pamplemousses
  Petite Rivière Noire  2-0  Cercle de Joachim

Matchday 3
[Wed Nov/12]
  Chamarel SC           1-1  Rivière du Rempart
  AS Port-Louis 2000    1-0  La Cure Sylvester
  Cercle de Joachim     2-2  Entente Boulet Rouge
  Pamplemousses         0-4  Curepipe Starlight
  AS Quatre Bornes      1-2  Petite Rivière Noire

Matchday 4
[Sun Nov/16]
  Petite Rivière Noire  4-1  Entente Boulet Rouge
  Rivière du Rempart    1-1  Cercle de Joachim
  La Cure Sylvester     0-0  Chamarel SC
  Curepipe Starlight    0-0  AS Port-Louis 2000
  AS Quatre Bornes      1-0  Pamplemousses


Let’s build. That’s it. Done.

Now try in your working folder:

$ sportdb build

This will run the build script and

That’s it. Try:

$ sqlite3 sport.db

SQLite version 3.7.16
Enter ".help" for instructions
Enter SQL statements terminated with a ";"

sqlite> .tables

alltime_standing_entries  events_grounds            names
alltime_standings         events_teams              parts
assocs                    games                     persons
assocs_assocs             goals                     places
badges                    grounds                   props
cities                    group_standing_entries    rosters
continents                group_standings           rounds
counties                  groups                    seasons
countries                 groups_teams              states
country_codes             langs                     taggings
districts                 leagues                   tags
event_standing_entries    logs                      teams
event_standings           metros                    usages
events                    munis                     zones

sqlite> select * from countries;


sqlite> select * from teams;

1|joachim|Cercle de Joachim||CDJ|Cercle de Joachim SC|Joachim||t|||||f|
2|chamarel|Chamarel SC||CHA|Chamarel|Chamarel Sport Club||t|||||f|
3|curepipesc|Curepipe Starlight||CUR|Curepipe Starlight SC||t|||||f|
4|entente|Entente Boulet Rouge||EBR|Entente Boulet Rouge SC|Entente Boulet Rouge-Riche Mare Rovers||t|||||f|
5|lacure|La Cure Sylvester||LCS|La Cure Sylvester SC|La Cure||t|||||f|
6|pamplemousses|Pamplemousses||PPM|Pamplemousses SC||t|||||f|
7|petiteriv|Petite Rivière Noire||PRN|Petite Rivière Noire SC|Petite Rivière||t|||||f|
8|aspl|AS Port-Louis 2000||APL|ASPL 2000|Port-Louis 2000|Association Sportive Port-Louis 2000||t|||||f|
9|qbornes|AS Quatre Bornes||AQB|ASQB|Quatre Bornes||t|||||f|
10|rempart|Rivière du Rempart||ARR|AS Rivière du Rempart||t|||||f|
11|pointauxsables|Pointe-aux-Sables Mates|||||t|||||f|
12|savanne|Savanne SC|||Savanne Sporting Club||t|||||f|

And so on.

Bonus: Run Your Own HTTP JSON APIs / Services

You can run any of the HTTP JSON API (web service) scripts using the sportdb command line tool. By default the serve command will look for a script named Service or service.rb (in the working folder, that is, ./). Example:

$ sportdb serve

To run any other script - copy the script into the working folder and pass it along as an argument. Example:

$ sportdb serve starter      #  note: will (auto-)add the .rb extension  or
$ sportdb serve starter.rb

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