aokolnychyi commented on a change in pull request #362: Support create and 
replace transactions in Catalog

 File path: api/src/main/java/org/apache/iceberg/catalog/
 @@ -97,6 +98,42 @@ default Table createTable(
     return createTable(identifier, schema, PartitionSpec.unpartitioned(), 
null, null);
+  /**
+   * Start a transaction to create a table.
+   *
+   * @param identifier a table identifier
+   * @param schema a schema
+   * @param spec a partition spec
+   * @param location a location for the table; leave null if unspecified
+   * @param properties a string map of table properties
+   * @return a {@link Transaction} to create the table
+   * @throws AlreadyExistsException if the table already exists
+   */
+  Transaction newCreateTableTransaction(
 Review comment:
   I am a bit concerned about the number of methods we will have in `Catalog`. 
So, I did not include overloaded helper methods as we have for create table 
statements. Let me know what other people think.

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