Process & Analyze Azure DevOps Data in Databricks (AWS)

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Azure DevOps JDBC Driver

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Host the CData JDBC Driver for Azure DevOps in AWS and use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Azure DevOps data.

Databricks is a cloud-based service that provides data processing capabilities through Apache Spark. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver, customers can use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Azure DevOps data. This article walks through hosting the CData JDBC Driver in AWS, as well as connecting to and processing live Azure DevOps data in Databricks.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Azure DevOps data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Azure DevOps, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Azure DevOps and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Azure DevOps data using native data types.

Install the CData JDBC Driver in Databricks

To work with live Azure DevOps data in Databricks, install the driver on your Databricks cluster.

  1. Navigate to your Databricks administration screen and select the target cluster.
  2. On the Libraries tab, click "Install New."
  3. Select "Upload" as the Library Source and "Jar" as the Library Type.
  4. Upload the JDBC JAR file (cdata.jdbc.azuredevops.jar) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Azure DevOps\lib).

Access Azure DevOps Data in your Notebook: Python

With the JAR file installed, we are ready to work with live Azure DevOps data in Databricks. Start by creating a new notebook in your workspace. Name the notebook, select Python as the language (though Scala is available as well), and choose the cluster where you installed the JDBC driver. When the notebook launches, we can configure the connection, query Azure DevOps, and create a basic report.

Configure the Connection to Azure DevOps

Connect to Azure DevOps by referencing the JDBC Driver class and constructing a connection string to use in the JDBC URL.

Step 1: Connection Information

driver = "cdata.jdbc.azuredevops.AzureDevOpsDriver"
url = "jdbc:azuredevops:AuthScheme=Basic;Organization=MyAzureDevOpsOrganization;ProjectId=MyProjectId;PersonalAccessToken=MyPAT;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH"

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.azuredevops.jar

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

You can connect to your Azure DevOps account by providing the Organization and PersonalAccessToken.

Obtaining a Personal Access Token

A PersonalAccessToken is necessary for account authentication.

To generate one, log in to your Azure DevOps Organization account and navigate to Profile -> Personal Access Tokens -> New Token. The generated token will be displayed.

If you wish to authenticate to Azure DevOps using OAuth refer to the online Help documentation for an authentication guide.

Load Azure DevOps Data

Once you configure the connection, you can load Azure DevOps data as a dataframe using the CData JDBC Driver and the connection information.

Step 2: Reading the data

remote_table = spark.read.format ( "jdbc" ) \
	.option ( "driver" , driver) \
	.option ( "url" , url) \
	.option ( "dbtable" , "Builds") \
	.load ()

Display Azure DevOps Data

Check the loaded Azure DevOps data by calling the display function.

Step 3: Checking the result

display (remote_table.select ("Id"))

Analyze Azure DevOps Data in Databricks

If you want to process data with Databricks SparkSQL, register the loaded data as a Temp View.

Step 4: Create a view or table

remote_table.createOrReplaceTempView ( "SAMPLE_VIEW" )

With the Temp View created, you can use SparkSQL to retrieve the Azure DevOps data for reporting, visualization, and analysis.

% sql

SELECT Id, BuildNumber FROM SAMPLE_VIEW ORDER BY BuildNumber DESC LIMIT 5

The data from Azure DevOps is only available in the target notebook. If you want to use it with other users, save it as a table.

remote_table.write.format ( "parquet" ) .saveAsTable ( "SAMPLE_TABLE" )

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Azure DevOps and start working with your live Azure DevOps data in Databricks. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.