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CData Connect Server

Build eBay-Connected Dashboards in Redash

Use CData Connect Server to create a virtual SQL Server Database for eBay data and build visualizations and dashbaords from eBay data in Redash.

Redash lets you connect and query your data sources, build dashboards to visualize data and share them with your company. When paired with CData Connect Server, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to eBay data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for eBay and build visualizations from eBay data in Redash.

CData Connect Server provides a pure SQL Server interface for eBay, allowing you to easily build reports from live eBay data in Redash — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you build visualizations, Redash generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Server pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to eBay, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested eBay data.

Create a Virtual SQL Server Database for eBay Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Server and click Connections.
  2. Select "eBay" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to eBay.

    If you will be accessing your own account, you can generate an OAuthAccessToken from your developer account dashboard. You can also allow other users to securely access their own accounts.

    Both of these methods require you to create an application key set to obtain values for the following connection properties: AppId, CertId, DevId, and SiteId.

    The user consent flow additionally requires the RuName and CallbackURL.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  4. Click Save Changes
  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 eBay data from Redash.

Visualize eBay Data in Redash

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Redash based on the virtual eBay database in Connect Server and building a simple visualization from the data.

Create a New Data Source

  1. Log into Redash, click on your profile and click "Data Sources"
  2. Click the " New Data Source" button
  3. Select "Microsoft SQL Server" as the Data Source Type
  4. On the configuration tab, set the following properties:
    • Name: Name the data source (e.g. eBay (CData Connect))
    • Host: The full URL to your CData Connect instance (e.g. https://connect_server_url)
    • Port: The port of the CData Connect SQL Server endpoint (e.g. 1433)
    • User: A CData Connect user
    • Password: The password for the above user
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database for eBay (e.g. Ebay1)
    • Click the checkbox to Use SSQL
  5. Click Create
  6. Click the "Test Connection" button to ensure you have configured the connection properly

With the new Data Source created, we are ready to visualize our eBay data.

Create a eBay Data Visualization

  1. Click Create -> New Query
  2. Select the newly created Data Source (you can explore the data structure in the New Query wizard)
  3. Write a SQL statement to retrieve the data, for example:
    SELECT Title, HitCount FROM ItemListing
  4. Click the "Execute" button to load eBay data into Redash via CData Connect
  5. Use the Visualization Editor to create and analyze graphs from eBay data
  6. You can schedule the query to refresh and update the visualization periodically

SQL Access to eBay Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to eBay data from Redash. You can create new visualizations, build dashboards, and more. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Redash, refer to our Connect Server page.