Append records in pending mode

Uses the client library to write samples in pending mode.

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Before trying this sample, follow the Python setup instructions in the BigQuery quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the BigQuery Python API reference documentation.

This code sample demonstrates how to write records in pending mode
using the low-level generated client for Python.

from import bigquery_storage_v1
from import types
from import writer
from google.protobuf import descriptor_pb2

# If you update the customer_record.proto protocol buffer definition, run:
#   protoc --python_out=. customer_record.proto
# from the samples/snippets directory to generate the module.
from . import customer_record_pb2

def create_row_data(row_num: int, name: str):
    row = customer_record_pb2.CustomerRecord()
    row.row_num = row_num
    row.customer_name = name
    return row.SerializeToString()

def append_rows_pending(project_id: str, dataset_id: str, table_id: str):

    """Create a write stream, write some sample data, and commit the stream."""
    write_client = bigquery_storage_v1.BigQueryWriteClient()
    parent = write_client.table_path(project_id, dataset_id, table_id)
    write_stream = types.WriteStream()

    # When creating the stream, choose the type. Use the PENDING type to wait
    # until the stream is committed before it is visible. See:
    write_stream.type_ = types.WriteStream.Type.PENDING
    write_stream = write_client.create_write_stream(
        parent=parent, write_stream=write_stream
    stream_name =

    # Create a template with fields needed for the first request.
    request_template = types.AppendRowsRequest()

    # The initial request must contain the stream name.
    request_template.write_stream = stream_name

    # So that BigQuery knows how to parse the serialized_rows, generate a
    # protocol buffer representation of your message descriptor.
    proto_schema = types.ProtoSchema()
    proto_descriptor = descriptor_pb2.DescriptorProto()
    proto_schema.proto_descriptor = proto_descriptor
    proto_data = types.AppendRowsRequest.ProtoData()
    proto_data.writer_schema = proto_schema
    request_template.proto_rows = proto_data

    # Some stream types support an unbounded number of requests. Construct an
    # AppendRowsStream to send an arbitrary number of requests to a stream.
    append_rows_stream = writer.AppendRowsStream(write_client, request_template)

    # Create a batch of row data by appending proto2 serialized bytes to the
    # serialized_rows repeated field.
    proto_rows = types.ProtoRows()
    proto_rows.serialized_rows.append(create_row_data(1, "Alice"))
    proto_rows.serialized_rows.append(create_row_data(2, "Bob"))

    # Set an offset to allow resuming this stream if the connection breaks.
    # Keep track of which requests the server has acknowledged and resume the
    # stream at the first non-acknowledged message. If the server has already
    # processed a message with that offset, it will return an ALREADY_EXISTS
    # error, which can be safely ignored.
    # The first request must always have an offset of 0.
    request = types.AppendRowsRequest()
    request.offset = 0
    proto_data = types.AppendRowsRequest.ProtoData()
    proto_data.rows = proto_rows
    request.proto_rows = proto_data

    response_future_1 = append_rows_stream.send(request)

    # Send another batch.
    proto_rows = types.ProtoRows()
    proto_rows.serialized_rows.append(create_row_data(3, "Charles"))

    # Since this is the second request, you only need to include the row data.
    # The name of the stream and protocol buffers DESCRIPTOR is only needed in
    # the first request.
    request = types.AppendRowsRequest()
    proto_data = types.AppendRowsRequest.ProtoData()
    proto_data.rows = proto_rows
    request.proto_rows = proto_data

    # Offset must equal the number of rows that were previously sent.
    request.offset = 2

    response_future_2 = append_rows_stream.send(request)


    # Shutdown background threads and close the streaming connection.

    # A PENDING type stream must be "finalized" before being committed. No new
    # records can be written to the stream after this method has been called.

    # Commit the stream you created earlier.
    batch_commit_write_streams_request = types.BatchCommitWriteStreamsRequest()
    batch_commit_write_streams_request.parent = parent
    batch_commit_write_streams_request.write_streams = []

    print(f"Writes to stream: '{}' have been committed.")

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