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Connect to BambooHR Data from a Connection Pool in Jetty

The BambooHR JDBC Driver supports connection pooling: This article shows how to connect faster to BambooHR data from Web apps in Jetty.

The CData JDBC driver for BambooHR is easy to integrate with Java Web applications. This article shows how to efficiently connect to BambooHR data in Jetty by configuring the driver for connection pooling. You will configure a JNDI resource for BambooHR in Jetty.

Configure the JDBC Driver for Salesforce as a JNDI Data Source

Follow the steps below to connect to Salesforce from Jetty.

  1. Enable the JNDI module for your Jetty base. The following command enables JNDI from the command-line:

    java -jar ../start.jar --add-to-startd=jndi
  2. Add the CData and license file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, into the lib subfolder of the context path.
  3. Declare the resource and its scope. Enter the required connection properties in the resource declaration. This example declares the BambooHR data source at the level of the Web app, in WEB-INF\jetty-env.xml.

    <Configure id='bamboohrdemo' class="org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext"> <New id="bamboohrdemo" class=""> <Arg><Ref refid="bamboohrdemo"/></Arg> <Arg>jdbc/bamboohrdb</Arg> <Arg> <New class="cdata.jdbc.api.APIDriver"> <Set name="url">jdbc:api:</Set> <Set name="Profile">C:\profiles\BambooHR.apip</Set> <Set name="ProfileSettings">'Domain</Set> <Set name="APIKey">your_api_key'</Set> </New> </Arg> </New> </Configure>

    Start by setting the Profile connection property to the location of the BambooHR Profile on disk (e.g. C:\profiles\bamboohr.apip). Next, set the ProfileSettings connection property to the connection string for BambooHR (see below).

    BambooHR API Profile Settings

    In order to authenticate to BambooHR, you'll need to provide your API Key. To generate an API key, log in and click your name in the upper right-hand corner of any page to get to the user context menu. If you have sufficient permissions, there will be an "API Keys" option in that menu to go to the page, where you can create a new API Key. Additionally, you will need to set the Domain, found in the domain name of your BambooHR account. For example if your BambooHR account is, then the Domain should be 'acmeinc'. Set both the API Key and Domain in the ProfileSettings property to connect.

  4. Configure the resource in the Web.xml:

    jdbc/bamboohrdb javax.sql.DataSource Container
  5. You can then access BambooHR with a lookup to java:comp/env/jdbc/bamboohrdb: InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext(); DataSource mybamboohr = (DataSource)ctx.lookup("java:comp/env/jdbc/bamboohrdb");

More Jetty Integration

The steps above show how to configure the driver in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the Working with Jetty JNDI chapter in the Jetty documentation.