Cloudant ADO.NET Provider

Powerful IBM Cloudant Database Integration

  • DataBind to IBM Cloudant using standard Visual Studio wizards.
  • Comprehensive support for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations.
  • An easy-to-use 'flattened' interface for working with Cloudant NoSQL databases.

Cross-platform ADO.NET Providers supporting .NET Standard, .NET Core, & Xamarin!

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Overview

The CData ADO.NET Provider for IBM Cloudant gives developers the power to easily connect .NET applications to IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB data. The Cloudant Data Provider makes this IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB data look like SQL tables in your applications. With the CData ADO.NET Provider for IBM Cloudant developers can simply DataBind to data, just like using SQL Server.

ADO.NET Provider Overview

The Cloudant ADO.NET Provider offers the most natural way to access Cloudant data from any .NET application. Simply use Cloudant Data Provider objects to connect and access data just as you would access any traditional database. You will be able to use the Cloudant Data Provider through Visual Studio Server Explorer, in code through familiar classes, and in data controls like DataGridView, GridView, DataSet, etc.

Using the Cloudant Data Provider

The Cloudant Data Provider wraps the complexity of accessing Cloudant services in an easy-to-integrate, fully managed ADO.NET Data Provider. Applications then access Cloudant through the Cloudant Data Provider with simple Transact-SQL.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for IBM Cloudant hides the complexity of accessing data and provides additional powerful security features, smart caching, batching, socket management, and more.

Working with DataAdapters, DataSets, DataTables, etc.

The Cloudant Data Provider has the same ADO.NET architecture as the native .NET data providers for SQL Server and OLEDB, including: CloudantConnection, CloudantCommand, CloudantDataAdapter, CloudantDataReader, CloudantDataSource, CloudantParameter, etc. Because of this you can now access Cloudant data in an easy, familiar way.

For example:

using (CloudantConnection conn = new CloudantConnection("...")) {
	string select = "SELECT * FROM CloudantDB";
	CloudantCommand cmd = new CloudantCommand(select, conn);
	CloudantDataAdapter adapter = new CloudantDataAdapter(cmd);
	using (adapter) {
		DataTable table = new DataTable();
		adapter.Fill(table);		
		...
	}
}

More Than Read-Only: Full Update/CRUD Support

Cloudant Data Provider goes beyond read-only functionality to deliver full support for Create, Read, Update, and Delete operations (CRUD). Your end-users can interact with the data presented by the Cloudant Data Provider as easily as interacting with a database table.

using (CloudantConnection connection = new CloudantConnection(connectionString)) {
	CloudantDataAdapter dataAdapter = new CloudantDataAdapter(
	"SELECT Id, Where FROM CloudantDB", connection);
  
	dataAdapter.UpdateCommand = new CloudantCommand(
		"UPDATE CloudantDB SET Where = @Where " +
		"WHERE Id = @ID", connection);

	dataAdapter.UpdateCommand.Parameters.AddWithValue("@Where", "Where");
	dataAdapter.UpdateCommand.Parameters.AddWithValue("@Id", "80000173-1387137645");

	DataTable CloudantDBTable = new DataTable();
	dataAdapter.Fill(CloudantDBTable);

	DataRow firstrow = CloudantDBTable.Rows[0];
	firstrow["Where"] = "New Location";

	dataAdapter.Update(CloudantDBTable);
}


Driver Features

  • Fully-managed .NET: 100% fully managed ADO.NET libraries supporting .NET Standard, .NET Core 2.0, & Xamarin.
  • Developer Friendly: Seamless integration with all versions of Visual Studio.
  • Powerful ADO.NET Features: Including support for ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF 5 & 6), ADO.NET 2.0, LINQ to Datasets, etc.
  • Replication and Caching: Our replication and caching commands make it easy to copy data to local and cloud data stores such as Oracle, SQL Server, Google Cloud SQL, etc. The replication commands include many features that allow for intelligent incremental updates to cached data.
  • String, Date, Numeric SQL Functions: The driver includes a library of 50 plus functions that can manipulate column values into the desired result. Popular examples include Regex, JSON, and XML processing functions.
  • Collaborative Query Processing: Our drivers enhance the data source's capabilities by additional client side processing, when needed, to enable analytic summaries of data such as SUM, AVG, MAX, MIN, etc.
  • Easily Customizable and Configurable: The data model exposed by our ADO.NET Providers can easily be customized to add or remove tables/columns, change data types, etc. without requiring a new build. These customizations are supported at runtime using human-readable schema files that are easy to edit.
  • Secure Connectivity: Includes standard Enterprise-class security features such as TLS/ SSL data encryption for all client-server communications.

ADO.NET Provider Performance

With traditional approaches to remote access, performance bottlenecks can spell disaster for applications. Regardless if an application is created for internal use, a commercial project, web, or mobile application, slow performance can rapidly lead to project failure. Accessing data from any remote source has the potential to create these problems. Common issues include:

  1. Network Connections - Slow network connections and latency issues are common in mobile applications.
  2. Service Delays - Delays due to service interruptions, resulting in server hardware or software updates.
  3. Large Data - Intentional or unintentional requests for large amounts of data.
  4. Disconnects - Complete loss of network connectivity.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for IBM Cloudant solves these issues by supporting powerful smart caching technology that can greatly improve the performance and dramatically reduce application bottlenecks.

Smart Caching

Smart caching is a configurable option that works by storing queried data into a local database. Enabling smart caching creates a persistent local cache database that contains a replica of data retrieved from the remote source. The cache database is small, lightweight, blazing-fast, and it can be shared by multiple connections as persistent storage.

Caching with our ADO.NET Providers is highly configurable, including options for:

  • Auto Cache - Maintain an automatic local cache of data on all requests. The provider will automatically load data into the cache database each time you execute a SELECT query. Each row returned by the query will be inserted or updated as necessary into the corresponding table in the cache database.
  • Explicit Cache - Cache only on demand. Developers decide exactly what data gets stored in the cache and when it is updated. Explicit caching provides full control over the cache contents by using explicit execution of CACHE statements.
  • No Cache - All requests access only live data and no local cache file is created.

This powerful caching functionality increases application performance and allows applications to disconnect and continue limited functioning without writing code for additional local storage and/or data serialization/deserialization.

More information about ADO.NET Provider caching and best caching practices is available in the included help files.


Getting Started with IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB ADO.NET Provider

Working with the new Cloudant ADO.NET Provider is easy. As a fully-managed .NET Data Provider, the Cloudant Data Provider integrates seamlessly with the Visual Studio development environment as well as any .NET application.

 

Visual Studio Integration - Server Explorer

As an ADO.NET Data Provider, Cloudant ADO.NET Provider can be used to access and explore IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB data directly from the Visual Studio Server Explorer.


It's easy. As a standard ADO.NET adapter, developers can connect the Server Explorer to Cloudant ADO.NET Provider just like connecting to any standard database.

  • Add a new Data Connection from the Server Explorer and select the IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB Data Source

  • Configure the basic connection properties to access your IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB account data.

Explore all of the data available! Cloudant ADO.NET Provider makes it easy to access live IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB data from Visual Studio.

  • After configuring the connection, explore the feeds, views, and services provided by the IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB Data Source.
  • These constructs return live IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB data that developers can work with directly from within Visual Studio!

Winforms DataGrid Integration

Connecting Web, Desktop, and Mobile .NET applications with IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB is just like working with SQL Server. It is even possible to integrate Cloudant ADO.NET Provider into applications without writing code.


Developers are free to access the Cloudant ADO.NET Provider in whatever way they like best. Either visually through the Visual Studio Winforms or Webforms designers, or directly through code.

  • Developers can connect the IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB Data Source directly to form components by configuring the object's smart tags.

  • Add a new Data Connection from the Server Explorer and select the IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB Data Source. Then, select the feed, view, or services you would like to connect the object to.

Done! It's just like connecting to SQL Server.

  • Once the object is bound to the data source, applications can easily interact with IBM Cloudant NoSQL DB data with full read/write (CRUD) support.