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Build FTP-Connected Web Apps in Servoy

Use Servoy Developer to easily connect to FTP data and build web apps with connectivity to live FTP data.

Servoy is a rapid application development and deployment platform. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for FTP, users can build FTP-connected apps that work with live FTP data. This article describes how to connect to FTP from Servoy and build a simple web app to display and search FTP data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live FTP data. When you issue complex SQL queries to FTP, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to FTP and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying lets you work with FTP data using native data types.

Connect to FTP in Servoy Developer

To build FTP-connected apps, you need to first create a data provider in Servoy Developer using the CData JDBC Driver for FTP.

  1. Install the JDBC Driver.
  2. Copy the JDBC Driver JAR file. (cdata.jdbc.ftp.jar) to the /application_server/drivers/ directory in the installation directory for Servoy.
  3. Open Servoy Developer.
  4. In the Solution Explorer, right-click Database Server (under Resources) and choose "Connect to existing database" -> "empty."
    1. Name the server.
    2. Click to show the advanced server settings.
      • Set the URL, for example: jdbc:ftp:RemoteHost=MyFTPServer;

        Built-In Connection String Designer

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

        java -jar cdata.jdbc.ftp.jar

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

        To connect to FTP or SFTP servers, specify at least RemoteHost and FileProtocol. Specify the port with RemotePort.

        Set User and Password to perform Basic authentication. Set SSHAuthMode to use SSH authentication. See the Getting Started section of the data provider help documentation for more information on authenticating via SSH.

        Set SSLMode and SSLServerCert to secure connections with SSL.

        The data provider lists the tables based on the available folders in your FTP server. Set the following connection properties to control the relational view of the file system:

        • RemotePath: Set this to the current working directory.
        • TableDepth: Set this to control the depth of folders to list as views.
        • FileRetrievalDepth: Set this to retrieve and list files recursively from the root table.

        Stored Procedures are available to download files, upload files, and send protocol commands. See the Data Model chapter of the FTP data provider documentation for more information.

      • Select the Driver class you just copied, for example, cdata.jdbc.ftp.FTPDriver

Build a FTP-Connected Web App

Once you have configured the connection to FTP in the Servoy Developer resources, you are ready to build apps with access to live FTP data.

Create a New Solution

  1. In the Server Explorer, right-click "All solutions" and select "Create new solution."
  2. Name the solution.
  3. Select the checkbox to include the "search" module.
  4. Click "Finish."

Create a New Form

Right-click "Forms" and select "Create new form."

  1. Name the form.
  2. Select a Datasource.
  3. Set the type (e.g., Simple) and click "Finish."

Add a Data Grid to the Form

  1. Drag a Data Grid component (from Servoy NG-Grids) onto the form.
  2. Drag a column component onto the Data Grid and set the "dataprovider" property for each column component to a column from the FTP "table" (e.g., Filesize from the MyDirectory table).

    Continue adding columns as desired.

Add Searching to the App

Note that the "svySearch" extension is required to add search functionality (included by default when you create a new solution). If you did not add the extension when you created the solution or you are modifying an existing solution, you can add the search module by right-clicking Modules (in the solution) and selecting "Add Module." Select "svySearch" and click "OK."

  1. Drag a Text Field component onto the Form.
  2. Right-click the Form and select "Open in Script Editor."
  3. Create a new variable (JavaScript) to hold the search value:
    var searchText = '';
    
  4. Back on the Form, in the Text Field properties:
    1. Set the "dataprovider" property to the Form variable you just created.
    2. Double-click to add a method for the onAction event.
    3. Click to create the method in "Form," name the method (e.g., onEnter), and click "Create private."
    4. Click "OK & Show."
  5. Add the following JavaScript to the JavaScript file to use the Servoy framework to implement searching bound data based on the text in the Text Field:
    var search = scopes.svySearch.createSimpleSearch(foundset).setSearchText(searchText);
    search.setSearchAllColumns();
    search.loadRecords(foundset);
    

Save and Launch the App

Save the form and JavaScript file, then click Run -> Launch NGClient to start the web app.

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for FTP and start building FTP-connected apps with Servoy. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.