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Connect to AvaTax Data and Transfer Data in Talend

Integrate AvaTax data with standard components and data source configuration wizards in Talend Open Studio.

This article shows how you can easily integrate the CData JDBC driver for AvaTax into your workflow in Talend. This article uses the CData JDBC Driver for AvaTax to transfer AvaTax data in a job flow in Talend.

Connect to AvaTax in Talend as a JDBC Data Source

You can follow the procedure below to establish a JDBC connection to AvaTax:

  1. Add a new database connection to AvaTax data: To add a new connection, expand the Metadata node, right-click the Db Connections node, and then click Create Connection.
  2. In the resulting wizard, enter a name for the connection.
  3. On the next page, select Generic JDBC from the DB Type menu and enter the JDBC URL.

    The primary method for performing basic authentication is to provide your login credentials, as follows:

    • User: Set this to your username.
    • Password: Set this to your password.

    Optionally, if you are making use of a sandbox environment, set the following:

    • UseSandbox: Set this to true if you are authenticating with a sandbox account.

    Authenticating Using Account Number and License Key

    Alternatively, you can authenticate using your account number and license key. Connect to data using the following:

    • AccountId: Set this to your Account Id. The Account Id is listed in the upper right hand corner of the admin console.
    • LicenseKey: Set this to your Avalara Avatax license key. You can generate a license key by logging into Avalara Avatax as an account adminstrator and navigating to Settings -> Reset License Key.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the AvaTax JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.avalaraavatax.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:avalaraavatax:User=MyUser;Password=MyPassword;
  4. Enter the path to the cdata.jdbc.avalaraavatax.jar file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  5. Right-click the connection and then click Retrieve Schema.
  6. Click Next with the default options to select the tables you want to import.
  7. Finish the wizard with the default options.

Output the Transactions Table to a Flat File

You can follow the procedure below to transfer the Transactions table to a flat file output component:

  1. In the Table Schemas node, drag the tables to the workspace.
  2. In the dialog that is displayed, select the tJDBCInput component.
  3. Next, drag a tFileOutputDelimited component from the Business Intelligence tab of the Palette into the workspace.
  4. Right-click the Transactions tJDBCInput component and drag a vector to the output file.

Run the project to transfer the data.