Connect to Azure Data Catalog Data from PowerBuilder

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Azure Data Catalog JDBC Driver

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This article demonstrates how to access Azure Data Catalog data from PowerBuilder using the Azure Data Catalog JDBC Driver.

The CData JDBC Driver for Azure Data Catalog is a standards-based control that can be used from any platform or development technology that supports JDBC, including PowerBuilder. This article shows how to use the CData JDBC Driver for Azure Data Catalog in PowerBuilder.

This article shows how to create a basic PowerBuilder application that uses the CData JDBC Driver for Azure Data Catalog to retrieve data.

Connect to Azure Data Catalog Data from PowerBuilder

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an JDBC URL for Azure Data Catalog. You can use a database profile to save connection properties. In the Database Painter, you can graphically manipulate data as well as execute SQL queries.

  1. Add the driver JAR to the PowerBuilder classpath. Set the CLASSPATH system environment variable to the path to the driver JAR, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.

    Note: If you are using PowerBuilder Classic, you can also add the path to the driver JAR by clicking Tools -> System Options -> Java.

  2. Click Tools -> Database Painter.
  3. Right-click the JDBC node and click New Profile.
  4. In the Database Profile Setup dialog, enter the following:
    • Profile Name: Enter a user-friendly name for the profile.
    • Driver Name: Enter the class name of the driver, cdata.jdbc.azuredatacatalog.AzureDataCatalogDriver
    • URL: Enter the JDBC URL.

      You can optionally set the following to read the different catalog data returned from Azure Data Catalog.

        CatalogName: Set this to the CatalogName associated with your Azure Data Catalog. To get your Catalog name, navigate to your Azure Portal home page > Data Catalog > Catalog Name

      Connect Using OAuth Authentication

      You must use OAuth to authenticate with Azure Data Catalog. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Data Catalog using the browser. For more information, refer to the OAuth section in the help documentation.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.azuredatacatalog.jar

      Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard. A typical JDBC URL is below:

      jdbc:azuredatacatalog:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
  5. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using Azure Data Catalog Data with PowerBuilder Controls

You can use standard PowerBuilder objects to connect to JDBC data sources and execute queries. The following example shows how to retrieve Azure Data Catalog data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

SQLCA.DBMS = "JDBC" SQLCA.AutoCommit = False SQLCA.DBParm = "Driver='cdata.jdbc.azuredatacatalog.AzureDataCatalogDriver',URL='jdbc:azuredatacatalog:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH"; CONNECT USING SQLCA; dw_tables.SetTransObject(SQLCA); dw_tables.Retrieve();