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EnterpriseDB JDBC Driver

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Use Servoy Developer to easily connect to EnterpriseDB data and build web apps with connectivity to live EnterpriseDB data.

Servoy is a rapid application development and deployment platform. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for EnterpriseDB, users can build EnterpriseDB-connected apps that work with live EnterpriseDB data. This article describes how to connect to EnterpriseDB from Servoy and build a simple web app to display and search EnterpriseDB data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live EnterpriseDB data. When you issue complex SQL queries to EnterpriseDB, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to EnterpriseDB and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying lets you work with EnterpriseDB data using native data types.

Connect to EnterpriseDB in Servoy Developer

To build EnterpriseDB-connected apps, you need to first create a data provider in Servoy Developer using the CData JDBC Driver for EnterpriseDB.

  1. Install the JDBC Driver.
  2. Copy the JDBC Driver JAR file. (cdata.jdbc.enterprisedb.jar) to the /application_server/drivers/ directory in the installation directory for Servoy.
  3. Open Servoy Developer.
  4. In the Solution Explorer, right-click Database Server (under Resources) and choose "Connect to existing database" -> "empty."
    1. Name the server.
    2. Click to show the advanced server settings.
      • Set the URL, for example: jdbc:enterprisedb:User=postgres;Password=admin;Database=postgres;Server=127.0.0.1;Port=5444

        Built-In Connection String Designer

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

        java -jar cdata.jdbc.enterprisedb.jar

        Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

        The following connection properties are required in order to connect to data.

        • Server: The host name or IP of the server hosting the EnterpriseDB database.
        • Port: The port of the server hosting the EnterpriseDB database.

        You can also optionally set the following:

        • Database: The default database to connect to when connecting to the EnterpriseDB Server. If this is not set, the user's default database will be used.

        Connect Using Standard Authentication

        To authenticate using standard authentication, set the following:

        • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the EnterpriseDB server.
        • Password: The password which will be used to authenticate with the EnterpriseDB server.

        Connect Using SSL Authentication

        You can leverage SSL authentication to connect to EnterpriseDB data via a secure session. Configure the following connection properties to connect to data:

        • SSLClientCert: Set this to the name of the certificate store for the client certificate. Used in the case of 2-way SSL, where truststore and keystore are kept on both the client and server machines.
        • SSLClientCertPassword: If a client certificate store is password-protected, set this value to the store's password.
        • SSLClientCertSubject: The subject of the TLS/SSL client certificate. Used to locate the certificate in the store.
        • SSLClientCertType: The certificate type of the client store.
        • SSLServerCert: The certificate to be accepted from the server.
      • Select the Driver class you just copied, for example, cdata.jdbc.enterprisedb.EnterpriseDBDriver

Build a EnterpriseDB-Connected Web App

Once you have configured the connection to EnterpriseDB in the Servoy Developer resources, you are ready to build apps with access to live EnterpriseDB data.

Create a New Solution

  1. In the Server Explorer, right-click "All solutions" and select "Create new solution."
  2. Name the solution.
  3. Select the checkbox to include the "search" module.
  4. Click "Finish."

Create a New Form

Right-click "Forms" and select "Create new form."

  1. Name the form.
  2. Select a Datasource.
  3. Set the type (e.g., Simple) and click "Finish."

Add a Data Grid to the Form

  1. Drag a Data Grid component (from Servoy NG-Grids) onto the form.
  2. Drag a column component onto the Data Grid and set the "dataprovider" property for each column component to a column from the EnterpriseDB "table" (e.g., ShipName from the Orders table).

    Continue adding columns as desired.

Add Searching to the App

Note that the "svySearch" extension is required to add search functionality (included by default when you create a new solution). If you did not add the extension when you created the solution or you are modifying an existing solution, you can add the search module by right-clicking Modules (in the solution) and selecting "Add Module." Select "svySearch" and click "OK."

  1. Drag a Text Field component onto the Form.
  2. Right-click the Form and select "Open in Script Editor."
  3. Create a new variable (JavaScript) to hold the search value:
    var searchText = '';
    
  4. Back on the Form, in the Text Field properties:
    1. Set the "dataprovider" property to the Form variable you just created.
    2. Double-click to add a method for the onAction event.
    3. Click to create the method in "Form," name the method (e.g., onEnter), and click "Create private."
    4. Click "OK & Show."
  5. Add the following JavaScript to the JavaScript file to use the Servoy framework to implement searching bound data based on the text in the Text Field:
    var search = scopes.svySearch.createSimpleSearch(foundset).setSearchText(searchText);
    search.setSearchAllColumns();
    search.loadRecords(foundset);
    

Save and Launch the App

Save the form and JavaScript file, then click Run -> Launch NGClient to start the web app.

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