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Create HPCC Systems-Connected Business Apps in AppSheet

Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to HPCC Systems from AppSheet and build custom business apps using live HPCC Systems data.

AppSheet provides a no-code development platform for application software, which allows users to create mobile, tablet, and web applications. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to HPCC Systems data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for HPCC Systems in Connect Cloud and build a simple app from HPCC Systems data in AppSheet.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for HPCC Systems, allowing you to build reports from live HPCC Systems data in AppSheet — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you create applications to work with data, AppSheet generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to HPCC Systems, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested HPCC Systems data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for HPCC Systems Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "HPCC Systems" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to HPCC Systems.

    To connect, set the following connection properties: Set URL to the machine name or IP address of the server and the port the server is running on, for example, https://server:port. The User and Password are required to authenticate to the HPCC Systems cluster specified in the URL. Note that LDAP authentication is not currently supported by our ODBC driver.

    Set Version to the WsSQL Web server version. Note that if you have not already done so, you will need to install the WsSQL service on the HPCC Systems server. The WsSQL Web service is used to interact with the underlying HPCC Systems platform.

    Set Cluster to the target cluster.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to HPCC Systems data from AppSheet.

Connect to HPCC Systems in AppSheet

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from AppSheet to create a new HPCC Systems data source.

  1. Log into AppSheet
  2. Click "My account" in the menu
  3. Click the Sources tab and add a new data source
  4. Select Cloud Database and set the connection information
    • Type: MySQL
    • Server: the endpoint for your instance, including port, for example, myinstance.cdatacloud.net:3306
    • Database: the virtual database, for example, HPCC1
    • Username: a Connect Cloud user with permissions for the database
    • Password: the password for the above Connect Cloud user
    • SSL: Require SSL
  5. Click "Test Connection"
  6. Click "Authorize Access"

Create an App

Once you create the data source for HPCC Systems, you can start building apps on HPCC Systems data. Start by clicking "My apps" in the menu.

  1. Click to create a new app and select "Start with your own data"
  2. Name the app and select an appropriate category, based on your data
  3. Select the newly created data source (e.g., database-1)
  4. Select the table or view with the data you want

At this point, you can configure the design of your app, selecting which columns from the selected table to display, use as labels, and more. Preview the app in the preview panel and then publish or share it when ready.

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