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Integrate FedEx Data in the Pentaho Report Designer

Publish reports based on FedEx data in the Pentaho BI tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for FedEx data enables access to live data from dashboards and reports. This article shows how to connect to FedEx data as a JDBC data source and publish reports based on FedEx data in Pentaho.

Connect and Create a Report

  1. Copy the JAR file of the driver, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, to the \Report-Designer\lib\jdbc\ folder in the Pentaho directory.
  2. Run the report-designer.bat file in the \Report-Designer\ folder to open the Report-Designer UI.
  3. Create a new data source with the driver by clicking Data -> Add Data Source -> Advanced -> JDBC (Custom) and then creating a new FedEx connection. In the resulting dialog, configure the connection properties as shown below.

    • Custom Connection URL property: Enter the JDBC URL. This starts with jdbc:fedex: and is followed by a semicolon-separated list of connection properties.

      There are five pieces of information needed in order to authenticate its actions with the FedEx service. This information is below.

      • Server: This controls the URL where the requests should be sent. Common testing options for this are: "https://gatewaybeta.fedex.com:443/xml", "https://wsbeta.fedex.com:443/xml", "https://gatewaybeta.fedex.com:443/web-service", and "https://wsbeta.fedex.com:443/web-service"
      • DeveloperKey: This is the identifier part of the authentication key for the sender's identity. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
      • Password: This is the secret part of the authentication key for the sender's identity. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
      • AccountNumber: This valid 9-digit FedEx account number is used for logging into the FedEx server.
      • MeterNumber: This value is used for submitting requests to FedEx. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
      • PrintLabelLocation: This property is required if one intends to use the GenerateLabels or GenerateReturnLabels stored procedures. This should be set to the folder location where generated labels should be stored.

      The Cache Database

      Many of the useful tasks available from FedEx require a lot of data. To ensure this data is easy to input and recall later, utilizes a cache database to make these requests. You must set the cache connection properties:

      • CacheProvider: The specific database you are using to cache with. For example, org.sqlite.JDBC.
      • CacheConnection: The connection string to be passed to the cache provider. For example, jdbc:sqlite:C:\users\username\documents\fedexcache.db

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.fedex.jar

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

      When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

      Below is a typical JDBC URL:

      jdbc:fedex:Server='https://gatewaybeta.fedex.com:443/xml';DeveloperKey='alsdkfjpqoewiru';Password='zxczxqqtyiuowkdlkn';AccountNumber='110371337';MeterNumber='240134349'; PrintLabelLocation='C:\users\username\documents\mylabels';CacheProvider='org.sqlite.JDBC';CacheConnection='jdbc:sqlite:C:\users\username\documents\fedexcache.db';
    • Custom Driver Class Name: Enter cdata.jdbc.fedex.FedExDriver.
    • User Name: The username to authenticate with.
    • Password: The password to authenticate with.

Add FedEx Data to a Report

You are now ready to create a report with FedEx data.

  1. Add the FedEx source to your report: Click Data -> Add Data Source -> JDBC and select the data source.

  2. Configure the query. This article uses the one below:

    SELECT FirstName, Phone FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = ab26f704-5edf-4a9f-9e4c-25
  3. Drag a chart onto your report and double-click it to edit the chart. Run the report to display the chart. You can use the results of this query to create a simple chart for the Senders table.
  4. Finally, run the report to see the chart.