Connect to EDGAR Online Data from PowerBuilder

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EDGAR Online JDBC Driver

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This article demonstrates how to access EDGAR Online data from PowerBuilder using the EDGAR Online JDBC Driver.

The CData JDBC Driver for EDGAR Online is a standards-based control that can be used from any platform or development technology that supports JDBC, including PowerBuilder. This article shows how to use the CData JDBC Driver for EDGAR Online in PowerBuilder.

This article shows how to create a basic PowerBuilder application that uses the CData JDBC Driver for EDGAR Online to perform reads and writes.

Connect to EDGAR Online Data from PowerBuilder

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an JDBC URL for EDGAR Online. You can use a database profile to save connection properties. In the Database Painter, you can graphically manipulate data as well as execute SQL queries.

  1. Add the driver JAR to the PowerBuilder classpath. Set the CLASSPATH system environment variable to the path to the driver JAR, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.

    Note: If you are using PowerBuilder Classic, you can also add the path to the driver JAR by clicking Tools -> System Options -> Java.

  2. Click Tools -> Database Painter.
  3. Right-click the JDBC node and click New Profile.
  4. In the Database Profile Setup dialog, enter the following:
    • Profile Name: Enter a user-friendly name for the profile.
    • Driver Name: Enter the class name of the driver, cdata.jdbc.edgaronline.EdgarOnlineDriver
    • URL: Enter the JDBC URL.
      1. Navigate to https://developer.edgar-online.com/ and create an account.
      2. Register a new application and retrieve the AppKey. You should select one of the available Web APIs this application will use like HackPack, Insider Trades or Institutional Ownership.
        Note: HackPack is the most important Web API that an application can use since it supports a large number of endpoints. If you are getting the "Access Denied" error you must create a new app and select the correct Web API which supports the resource you are querying.
      3. After successfully creating a new app, you can access your keys through your "my account" area. Set the AppKey connection property value equal to the Key of your application.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.edgaronline.jar

      Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard. A typical JDBC URL is below:

      jdbc:edgaronline:AppKey=20dd8ce9904d422ed89ebde1ad40d
  5. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using EDGAR Online Data with PowerBuilder Controls

You can use standard PowerBuilder objects to connect to JDBC data sources and execute queries. The following example shows how to retrieve EDGAR Online data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

SQLCA.DBMS = "JDBC" SQLCA.AutoCommit = False SQLCA.DBParm = "Driver='cdata.jdbc.edgaronline.EdgarOnlineDriver',URL='jdbc:edgaronline:AppKey=20dd8ce9904d422ed89ebde1ad40d"; CONNECT USING SQLCA; dw_subscriptions.SetTransObject(SQLCA); dw_subscriptions.Retrieve();