Create Informatica Mappings From/To an ODBC Data Source for FedEx

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FedEx ODBC Driver

The FedEx ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from FedEx, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access FedEx data like you would a database - read, write, and update FedEx Packages, Shipments, Recipients, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create an ODBC connection to FedEx in Informatica and browse and transfer FedEx data.

Informatica provides a powerful, elegant means of transporting and transforming your data. By utilizing the CData ODBC Driver for FedEx, you are gaining access to a driver based on industry-proven standards that integrates seamlessly with Informatica's powerful data transportation and manipulation features. This tutorial shows how to transfer and browse FedEx data in Informatica PowerCenter.

Connect to FedEx as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to FedEx follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

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

Windows

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.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for FedEx in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData FedEx Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for FedEx Description = My Description 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'

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Create a Linked Table to Senders Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live Senders data.

Create the ODBC Connection

Follow the steps below to connect to FedEx in Informatica PowerCenter:

  1. In the Informatica Developer tool connect to your repository and create a project.
  2. In the Connection Explorer pane, right-click and click Create a Connection.
  3. In the New Database Connection wizard that is displayed, enter a name and Id for the connection and in the Type menu select ODBC.
  4. In the Connection String property, enter the DSN.

NOTE: If you are working in a Linux operating system, set the Driver Manager for Linux property to unixODBC 2.3.x.

Create the FedEx Data Object

After you have created an ODBC connection to FedEx, you can now access FedEx entities in Informatica. Follow the steps below to add Senders entities to your project.

  1. In the Object Explorer, right-click your project and then click New -> Data Object.
  2. In the wizard that is displayed, select the Relational Data Object option.
  3. Click the Browse button next to the Connection box and select the ODBC connection you created in the previous step.
  4. Select the option to create a data object from an existing resource and click the Browse button next to the Resource box.
  5. In the dialog that is displayed, clear the Show Default Schema Only option and expand the node for the ODBC connection. Select the entity that you want.

You can now browse the table in the Data Viewer: Right-click the node for the table and then click Open. On the Data Viewer view, click Run.

Create the Mapping

Follow the steps below to add the FedEx source to a mapping:

  1. In the Object Explorer, right-click your project and then click New -> Mapping.
  2. Expand the node for the FedEx connection and then drag the data object for the table onto the editor.
  3. In the dialog that appears, select the Read option.

Follow the steps below to map FedEx columns to a flat file:

  1. In the Object Explorer, right-click your project and then click New -> Data Object.
  2. Select Flat File Data Object -> Create as Empty -> Fixed Width.
  3. In the properties for the FedEx object, select the rows you want, right-click, and then click copy. Paste the rows into the flat file properties.
  4. Drag the flat file data object onto the mapping. In the dialog that appears, select the Write option.
  5. Click and drag to connect columns.

To transfer FedEx data, right-click in the workspace and then click Run Mapping.