Query FedEx Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live FedEx data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for FedEx to query FedEx data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live FedEx data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to FedEx Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

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

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to FedEx data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Query FedEx from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual FedEx database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live FedEx data.

Connect to FedEx through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for FedEx).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query FedEx Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for FedEx).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve FedEx data, like SELECT * FROM `CData FedEx Sys`.Senders;

With access to live FedEx data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update FedEx, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for FedEx and the CData SQL Gateway.