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Feed Amazon DynamoDB Data into FineReport

How to set Amazon DynamoDB data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

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

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of Amazon DynamoDB Data

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

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.amazondynamodb.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for Amazon DynamoDB installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.amazondynamodb.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.amazondynamodb.AmazonDynamoDB Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    The connection to Amazon DynamoDB is made using your AccessKey, SecretKey, and optionally your Domain and Region. Your AccessKey and SecretKey can be obtained on the security credentials page for your Amazon Web Services account. Your Region will be displayed in the upper left-hand corner when you are logged into DynamoDB.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.amazondynamodb.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:amazondynamodb:Access Key=xxx;Secret Key=xxx;Domain=amazonaws.com;Region=OREGON;
  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 Amazon DynamoDB set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select Amazon DynamoDB 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 Amazon DynamoDB entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the Amazon DynamoDB data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

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