Integrate Live GraphQL Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual SQL Server Database for GraphQL data and integrate live GraphQL data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to GraphQL data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect to Connect Cloud from Power Apps and build an app based on live GraphQL data.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for GraphQL, allowing you to easily integrate with live GraphQL data in Power Apps — without replicating the data. CData Connect Cloud looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Apps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to GraphQL, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return GraphQL data.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for GraphQL Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "GraphQL" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to GraphQL.

    You must specify the URL of the GraphQL service. The driver supports two types of authentication:

    • Basic: Set AuthScheme to Basic. You must specify the User and Password of the GraphQL service.
    • OAuth 1.0 & 2.0: Take a look at the OAuth section in the Help documentation for detailed instructions.
  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud

To use Connect Cloud to integrate GraphQL data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Connect Cloud instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual GraphQL database you created earlier (like graphqldb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for GraphQL Data

With the connection to Connect Cloud configured, you are ready to integrate live GraphQL data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read access to live GraphQL data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to GraphQL Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live GraphQL data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating GraphQL data.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.