Configure the CData JDBC Driver for Excel in a Connection Pool in Tomcat

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Microsoft Excel JDBC Driver

Easily connect Java/J2EE applications with real-time data from Excel spreadsheets. Use Excel to manage the data that powers your applications.



Connect to Excel data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

The CData JDBC Drivers support standard JDBC interfaces to integrate with Web applications running on the JVM. This article details how to connect to Excel data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

Connect to Excel Data through a Connection Pool in Tomcat

  1. Copy the CData JAR and CData .lic file to $CATALINA_HOME/lib. The CData JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  2. Add a definition of the resource to the context. Specify the JDBC URL here.

    The ExcelFile, under the Authentication section, must be set to a valid Excel File.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.excel.jar

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

    You can see the JDBC URL specified in the resource definition below.

    <Resource name="jdbc/excel" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="cdata.jdbc.excel.ExcelDriver" factory="org.apache.tomcat.jdbc.pool.DataSourceFactory" url="jdbc:excel:Excel File='C:/MyExcelWorkbooks/SampleWorkbook.xlsx';" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" maxWait="-1" />

    To allow a single application to access Excel data, add the code above to the context.xml in the application's META-INF directory.

    For a shared resource configuration, add the code above to the context.xml located in $CATALINA_BASE/conf. A shared resource configuration provides connectivity to Excel for all applications.

  3. Add a reference to the resource to the web.xml for the application. Excel data JSP jdbc/Excel javax.sql.DataSource Container
  4. Initialize connections from the connection pool: Context initContext = new InitialContext(); Context envContext = (Context)initContext.lookup("java:/comp/env"); DataSource ds = (DataSource)envContext.lookup("jdbc/Excel"); Connection conn = ds.getConnection();

More Tomcat Integration

The steps above show how to connect to Excel data in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the JNDI Datasource How-To in the Tomcat documentation.