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Connect to Bing Search Results as a Federated Tables in MySQL

Use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables for Bing Search results in MySQL .

You can use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables in MySQL for Bing Search results. The Cloud Hub provides a MySQL interface for Bing Search: After configuring a virtual MySQL database for Bing Search, you can create a server and tables using the FEDERATED Storage Engine in MySQL. You can then work with Bing Search results just as you would local MySQL tables.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Bing Search, allowing you to easily query live Bing Search results alongside existing MySQL data — all without replicating the data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Bing Search, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Bing Search results.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Bing Search Results

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Bing Search" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Bing Search.

    To connect to Bing, set the ApiKey connection property. To obtain the API key, sign into Microsoft Cognitive Services and register for the Bing Search APIs.

    Two API keys are then generated; select either one.

    When querying tables, the SearchTerms parameter must be supplied in the WHERE clause.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Bing Search results from any MySQL client.

Create a FEDERATED Server and Tables for Bing Search Results

After you have configured and started the service, create a FEDERATED server to simplify the process of creating FEDERATED tables:

Create a FEDERATED Server

The following statement will create a FEDERATED server based on the Cloud Hub. Note that the username and password of the FEDERATED server must match a user account you defined on the Cloud Hub.

OPTIONS (USER 'cloud_hub_user', PASSWORD 'cloud_hub_passwd', HOST '', PORT 3306, DATABASE 'bingsearchdb');

Create a FEDERATED Table

To create a FEDERATED table using our newly created server, use the CONNECTION keyword and pass the name of the FEDERATED server and the remote table (VideoSearch). Refer to the following template for the statement to create a FEDERATED table:

CREATE TABLE fed_videosearch (
  title  TYPE(LEN),
  viewcount  TYPE(LEN),

NOTE: The table schema for the FEDERATED table must match the remote table schema exactly. You can always connect directly to the Cloud Hub using any MySQL client and run SHOW COLUMNS FROM VideoSearch to get the table schema.

Execute Queries

You can now execute queries to the Bing Search FEDERATED tables from any tool that can connect to MySQL, which is particularly useful if you need to JOIN data from a local table with data from Bing Search. Refer to the following example:

  local_table.foreign_title = fed_videosearch.title;