Use the CData ODBC Driver for Cassandra in SAS JMP

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The Apache Cassandra ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Apache Cassandra NoSQL database, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Cassandra data like you would a database - read, write, and update NoSQL tables through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

You can use the CData ODBC Driver to integrate Cassandra data into the statistical analysis tools available in SAS JMP. This article shows how to use Cassandra data in the Graph Builder and Query Builder.

You can use the CData ODBC Driver for Cassandra to integrate live data into your statistical analysis with SAS JMP. The driver proxies your queries directly to the Cassandra API, ensuring that your analysis reflects any changes to the data. The CData ODBC Driver supports the standard SQL used by JMP in the background as you design reports.

The Cassandra API supports bidirectional access. This article shows how to access Cassandra data into a report and create data visualization. It also shows how to use SQL to query and manipulate Cassandra data from the JMP Query Builder.

Access Cassandra Data as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Set the Server, Port, and Database connection properties to connect to Cassandra. Additionally, to use internal authentication set the User and Password connection properties.

When you configure the DSN, 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.

Import Cassandra Data with the Query Builder

After you have created the Cassandra DSN, you can use SQL to invoke the capabilities of the Cassandra API. Follow the steps below to execute some supported queries in the Query Builder:

  1. In SAS JMP, click File -> Database -> Query Builder. The Select Database Connection dialog is displayed.
  2. Click New Connection.
  3. On the Machine Data Source tab, select the DSN. In the next step, the Select Tables for Query dialog is displayed.
  4. In the Available Tables section, select a table and click Primary.
  5. As you drag Available Columns to the Included Columns tab, the underlying SQL query is updated.
  6. Click Run Query to display the data.
  7. To refresh the results with the current data, right-click Update from Database and click Run Script.

Manipulate Cassandra Data

You can execute data manipulation queries from JSL scripts such as the one below. To execute a script, click New Script in the toolbar. To connect, specify the DSN. You can then use the standard SQL syntax:

Open Database( "DSN=CData Cassandra Source;", "INSERT INTO Customer (FirstName) VALUES ('Bob');");

Visualize Cassandra Data

After importing, you can use the Graph Builder to create graphs visually. To open the Graph Builder, click the Graph Builder button in the toolbar.

  1. Drag a dimension column onto the x axis. For example, City.
  2. Drag a measure column onto the y axis. For example, TotalDue.
  3. Select a chart type. For example, a bar chart.