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Connect to Salesforce Chatter Data in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL)

Transfer Salesforce Chatter data using the visual workflow in the CloverDX data integration tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Salesforce Chatter as sources. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter to set up a simple transfer into a flat file. The CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Salesforce Chatter as sources. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter to set up a simple transfer into a flat file.

Connect to Salesforce Chatter as a JDBC Data Source

  1. Create the connection to Salesforce Chatter data. In a new CloverDX graph, right-click the Connections node in the Outline pane and click Connections -> Create Connection. The Database Connection wizard is displayed.
  2. Click the plus icon to load a driver from a JAR. Browse to the lib subfolder of the installation directory and select the cdata.jdbc.salesforcechatter.jar file.
  3. Enter the JDBC URL.

    Salesforce Chatter uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate to Salesforce Chatter via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Salesforce Chatter.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.salesforcechatter.jar

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

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:salesforcechatter:OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:343343;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Query Salesforce Chatter Data with the DBInputTable Component

  1. Drag a DBInputTable from the Readers selection of the Palette onto the job flow and double-click it to open the configuration editor.
  2. In the DB connection property, select the Salesforce Chatter JDBC data source from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the SQL query. For example: SELECT Name, PostCount FROM Users

Write the Output of the Query to a UniversalDataWriter

  1. Drag a UniversalDataWriter from the Writers selection onto the jobflow.
  2. Double-click the UniversalDataWriter to open the configuration editor and add a file URL.
  3. Right-click the DBInputTable and then click Extract Metadata.
  4. Connect the output port of the DBInputTable to the UniversalDataWriter.
  5. In the resulting Select Metadata menu for the UniversalDataWriter, choose the Users table. (You can also open this menu by right-clicking the input port for the UniversalDataWriter.)
  6. Click Run to write to the file.