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Connect to eBay as an External Data Source using PolyBase

Use the CData ODBC Driver for eBay and PolyBase to create an external data source in SQL Server 2019 with access to live eBay data.

PolyBase for SQL Server allows you to query external data by using the same Transact-SQL syntax used to query a database table. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for eBay, you get access to your eBay data directly alongside your SQL Server data. This article walks through creating an external data source and external tables to grant access to live eBay data using T-SQL queries.

The CData ODBC drivers offer unmatched performance for interacting with live eBay data using PolyBase due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SQL Server to eBay, the driver pushes down supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to eBay and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. And with PolyBase, you can also join SQL Server data with eBay data, using a single query to pull data from distributed sources.

Connect to eBay

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. To create an external data source in SQL Server using PolyBase, configure a System DSN (CData eBay Sys is created automatically).

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.

Click "Test Connection" to ensure that the DSN is connected to eBay properly. Navigate to the Tables tab to review the table definitions for eBay.

Create an External Data Source for eBay Data

After configuring the connection, you need to create a master encryption key and a credential database for the external data source.

Creating a Master Encryption Key

Execute the following SQL command to create a new master key, 'ENCRYPTION,' to encrypt the credentials for the external data source.

CREATE MASTER KEY ENCRYPTION BY PASSWORD = 'password';

Creating a Credential Database

Execute the following SQL command to create credentials for the external data source connected to eBay data.

NOTE: Since eBay does not require a User or Password to authenticate, you may use whatever values you wish for IDENTITY and SECRET.

CREATE DATABASE SCOPED CREDENTIAL ebay_creds
WITH IDENTITY = 'username', SECRET = 'password';

Create an External Data Source for eBay

Execute the following SQL command to create an external data source for eBay with PolyBase, using the DSN and credentials configured earlier.

For eBay, set SERVERNAME to 'localhost' or '127.0.0.1' and leave PORT empty. PUSHDOWN is set to ON by default, meaning the ODBC Driver can leverage server-side processing for complex queries.

CREATE EXTERNAL DATA SOURCE cdata_ebay_source
WITH ( 
  LOCATION = 'odbc://SERVERNAME[:PORT]',
  CONNECTION_OPTIONS = 'DSN=CData eBay Sys',
  -- PUSHDOWN = ON | OFF,
  CREDENTIAL = ebay_creds
);

Create External Tables for eBay

After creating the external data source, use CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE statements to link to eBay data from your SQL Server instance. The table column definitions must match those exposed by the CData ODBC Driver for eBay. You can refer to the Tables tab of the DSN Configuration Wizard to see the table definition.

Sample CREATE TABLE Statement

The statement to create an external table based on a eBay ItemListing would look similar to the following:

CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE ItemListing(
  Title [nvarchar](255) NULL,
  HitCount [nvarchar](255) NULL,
  ...
) WITH ( 
  LOCATION='ItemListing',
  DATA_SOURCE=cdata_ebay_source
);

Having created external tables for eBay in your SQL Server instance, you are now able to query local and remote data simultaneously. Thanks to built-in query processing in the CData ODBC Driver, you know that as much query processing as possible is being pushed to eBay, freeing up local resources and computing power. Download a free, 30-day trial of the ODBC Driver for eBay and start working with live eBay data alongside your SQL Server data today.