Concept of tables in SSB

The core abstraction for Streaming SQL is a Table which represents both inputs and outputs of the queries. SQL Stream Builder (SSB) tables are an extension of the tables used in Flink SQL to allow a bit more flexibility to the users. When creating tables in SSB, you have the option to either add them manually, import them automatically or create them using Flink SQL depending on the connector you want to use.

A Table is a logical definition of the data source that includes the location and connection parameters, a schema, and any required, context specific configuration parameters. Tables can be used for both reading and writing data in most cases. You can create and manage tables either manually or they can be automatically loaded from one of the catalogs as specified using the Data Sources section.

In SELECT queries the FROM clause defines the table sources which can be multiple tables at the same time in case of JOIN or more complex queries.

When you execute a query, the results go to the table you specify after the INSERT INTO statement in the SQL window. This allows you to create aggregations, filters, joins, and so on, and then route the results to another table. The schema for the results is the schema that you have created when you ran the query.

For example:
INSERT INTO air_traffic -- the name of the table sink
airplanes -- the name of the table source
icao <> 0;

Table types in SSB

Kafka Tables
Apache Kafka Tables represent data contained in a single Kafka topic in JSON, AVRO or CSV format. It can be defined using the Streaming SQL Console wizard or you can create Kafka tables from the pre-defined templates.
Tables from Catalogs
SSB supports Kudu, Hive and Schema Registry as catalog providers. After registering them using the Streaming SQL Console, the tables are automatically imported to SSB, and can be used in the SQL window for computations.
Flink Tables
Flink SQL tables represent tables created by the standard CREATE TABLE syntax. This supports full flexibility in defining new or derived tables and views. You can either provide the syntax by directly adding it to the SQL window or use one of the predefined DDL templates.
Webhook Tables
Webhooks can only be used as tables to write results to. When you use the Webhook Tables the result of your SQL query is sent to a specified webhook.