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How to set BigCommerce data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for BigCommerce fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide BigCommerce data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set BigCommerce data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view BigCommerce data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of BigCommerce Data

Follow the instruction below to set BigCommerce data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.bigcommerce.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for BigCommerce installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.bigcommerce.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.bigcommerce.BigCommerce Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    BigCommerce authentication is based on the standard OAuth flow. To authenticate, you must initially create an app via the Big Commerce developer platform where you can obtain an OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL. These three parameters will be set as connection properties to your driver.

    Additionally, in order to connect to your BigCommerce Store, you will need your StoreId. To find your Store Id please follow these steps:

    1. Log in to your BigCommerce account.
    2. From the Home Page, select Advanced Settings > API Accounts.
    3. Click Create API Account.
    4. A text box named API Path will appear on your screen.
    5. Inside you can see a URL of the following structure: https://api.bigcommerce.com/stores/{Store Id}/v3.
    6. As demonstrated above, your Store Id will be between the 'stores/' and '/v3' path paramters.
    7. Once you have retrieved your Store Id you can either click Cancel or proceed in creating an API Account in case you do not have one already.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.bigcommerce.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.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:bigcommerce:OAuthClientId=YourClientId; OAuthClientSecret=YourClientSecret; StoreId='YourStoreID'; CallbackURL='http://localhost:33333'
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to BigCommerce set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select BigCommerce Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The BigCommerce entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the BigCommerce data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, BigCommerce can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.