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PowerShell Scripting to Replicate FedEx Data to MySQL

Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate FedEx data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for FedEx offer live access to FedEx data from within PowerShell. Using PowerShell scripts, you can easily automate regular tasks like data replication. This article will walk through using the CData Cmdlets for FedEx and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate FedEx data to a MySQL database.

After obtaining the needed connection properties, accessing FedEx data in PowerShell and preparing for replication consists of four basic steps.

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

Collecting FedEx Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module FedExCmdlets
  2. Connect to FedEx:

    $fedex = Connect-FedEx -Server $Server -DeveloperKey $DeveloperKey -Password $Password -AccountNumber $AccountNumber -MeterNumber $MeterNumber -PrintLabelLocation $PrintLabelLocation -CacheProvider $CacheProvider -CacheConnection $CacheConnection
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-FedEx -Connection $fedex -Table "Senders"

    You can also use the Invoke-FedEx cmdlet to execute pure SQL-92 statements:

    $data = Invoke-FedEx -Connection $fedex -Query 'SELECT * FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = @SenderID' -Params @{'@SenderID'='ab26f704-5edf-4a9f-9e4c-25'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name

Inserting FedEx Data into the MySQL Database

With the data and column names collected, you are ready to replicate the data into a MySQL database.

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module MySQLCmdlets
  2. Connect to MySQL, using the server address and port of the MySQL server, valid user credentials, and a specific database with the table in which the data will be replicated:

    $mysql = Connect-MySQL -User $User -Password $Password -Database $Database -Server $Server -Port $Port
  3. Loop through the FedEx data, store the values, and use the Add-MySQL cmdlet to insert the data into the MySQL database, one row at a time. In this example, the table will need to have the same name as the FedEx resource (Senders) and to exist in the database.

    $data | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Senders" -Columns $columns -Values $values }

You have now replicated your FedEx data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with FedEx data in the same way that you work with other MySQL tables, whether that is performing analytics, building reports, or other business functions.

Notes

  • Once you have connected to FedEx and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-FedEx -Connection $fedex -Table "Senders" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Senders" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the FedEx data to another database using another PowerShell module, you will want to exclude the Columns, Connection, and Table columns from the data returned by the Select-FedEx cmdlet since those columns are used to help pipe data from one CData cmdlet to another:

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name | ? {$_ -NotIn @('Columns','Connection','Table')}