Access Live HPCC Systems Data in Google Sheets

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for HPCC Systems data and gain access to live HPCC Systems data from your Google Sheets.

Google Sheets is a free, web-based spreadsheet program. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you can instantly access HPCC Systems data from within Google Sheets for data analysis, collaborations, calculations, and more. This article shows how to connect to HPCC Systems in your Connect Cloud instance and access live HPCC Systems data in Google Sheets.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for HPCC Systems, allowing you to easily access live HPCC Systems data in Google Sheets. Simply use the partner Connect Cloud Connector to generate a query (or write your own). Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to HPCC Systems, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return HPCC Systems data.

This setup requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Connector for Google Sheets. To get started, get a free trial of Connect Cloud and download the free Connect Cloud Google Sheets Connector.


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 Google Sheets.

Access Live HPCC Systems Data in Google Sheets

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Google Sheets to access live HPCC Systems data.

  1. Log into Google Sheets, create a new sheet (or open an existing one).
  2. Click Add-ons and click Get Add-ons (if you have already installed the Add-on, jump to step 5).
  3. Search for CData Connect Cloud Connector and select the Add-on.
  4. Authorize the Connector.
  5. Back in Google Sheets, click Add-ons and open the CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  6. Use your instance name (myinstance in myinstance.cdatacloud.net), username, and password to connect to your Connect Cloud instance.
  7. Click CREATE to access HPCC Systems data through your Connect Cloud instance.
  8. Select a Database (e.g. HPCC1) and click Next.
  9. Select a Table (e.g. hpcc::test::orders) and Fields (columns), add any sorting, filtering, and limits and click Execute.

SQL Access to HPCC Systems Data from Cloud Applications

Now, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live HPCC Systems data from your Google Sheets workbook. You can add more data to your workbook for calculations, aggregations, collaboration, and more.

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