Use the CData ODBC Driver for Confluence in SAS JMP

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Confluence ODBC Driver

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

Access Confluence data like you would a database - read, write, and update Confluence Attachments, Comments, Groups, Users, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

You can use the CData ODBC Driver for Confluence to integrate live data into your statistical analysis with SAS JMP. The driver proxies your queries directly to the Confluence 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.

This article shows how to access Confluence data into a report and create data visualization. It also shows how to use SQL to query Confluence data from the JMP Query Builder.

Access Confluence 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.

Obtaining an API Token

An API token is necessary for account authentication. To generate one, login to your Atlassian account and navigate to API tokens > Create API token. The generated token will be displayed.

Connect Using a Confluence Cloud Account

To connect to a Cloud account, provide the following (Note: Password has been deprecated for connecting to a Cloud Account and is now used only to connect to a Server Instance.):

  • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence server.
  • APIToken: The API Token associated with the currently authenticated user.
  • Url: The URL associated with your JIRA endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

Connect Using a Confluence Server Instance

To connect to a Server instance, provide the following:

  • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence instance.
  • Password: The password which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence server.
  • Url: The URL associated with your JIRA endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

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 Confluence Data with the Query Builder

After you have created the Confluence DSN, you can use SQL to invoke the capabilities of the Confluence 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.

Visualize Confluence 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, Key.
  2. Drag a measure column onto the y axis. For example, Name.
  3. Select a chart type. For example, a bar chart.