The New Workspace

A new workspace reads from left to right, from the source (Reader) layers, through a dataflow, to the destination (Writer) layers. Arrows denote the direction of data flow, from source to destination.

In the above screenshot seven layers of data are being read from one format and written to another.

In most cases FME uses the terms 'Reader' and 'Writer' instead of 'Source’ and ‘Destination.' A later chapter explains why.

For now, just be aware that a Reader reads datasets and a Writer writes datasets, and these terms are analogous to source/destination and input/output.

Saving the Workspace

Workspaces can be saved to a file so that they can be reused at a later date. The save button on the toolbar is one way to do this:

There are also menu options to do the same thing, in this case File > Save (shortcut = Ctrl+S) or File > Save As.

The default file extension is .fmw. Double-clicking a *.fmw file in Explorer starts FME Workbench and opens up the workspace.

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For example, select File > Open Recent on the menubar to reveal a list of previously used workspaces. This list can show up to a huge 15 entries.

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