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Integrate Basecamp Data in the Pentaho Report Designer

Publish reports based on Basecamp data in the Pentaho BI tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Basecamp data enables access to live data from dashboards and reports. This article shows how to connect to Basecamp data as a JDBC data source and publish reports based on Basecamp data in Pentaho.

Connect and Create a Report

  1. Copy the JAR file of the driver, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, to the \Report-Designer\lib\jdbc\ folder in the Pentaho directory.
  2. Run the report-designer.bat file in the \Report-Designer\ folder to open the Report-Designer UI.
  3. Create a new data source with the driver by clicking Data -> Add Data Source -> Advanced -> JDBC (Custom) and then creating a new Basecamp connection. In the resulting dialog, configure the connection properties as shown below.

    • Custom Connection URL property: Enter the JDBC URL. This starts with jdbc:basecamp: and is followed by a semicolon-separated list of connection properties.

      Basecamp uses basic or OAuth 2.0 authentication. To use basic authentication you will need the user and password that you use for logging in to Basecamp. To authenticate to Basecamp via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties by registering an app with Basecamp.

      See the Getting Started section in the help documentation for a connection guide.

      Additionally, you will need to specify the AccountId connection property. This can be copied from the URL after you log in.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.basecamp.jar

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

      When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

      Below is a typical JDBC URL:

      jdbc:basecamp:User=test@northwind.db;Password=test123;
    • Custom Driver Class Name: Enter cdata.jdbc.basecamp.BasecampDriver.
    • User Name: The username to authenticate with.
    • Password: The password to authenticate with.

Add Basecamp Data to a Report

You are now ready to create a report with Basecamp data.

  1. Add the Basecamp source to your report: Click Data -> Add Data Source -> JDBC and select the data source.

  2. Configure the query. This article uses the one below:

    SELECT Name, DocumentsCount FROM Projects
  3. Drag a chart onto your report and double-click it to edit the chart. Run the report to display the chart. You can use the results of this query to create a simple chart for the Projects table.
  4. Finally, run the report to see the chart.