Query IBM Cloud SQL Query Data through ODBC in Node.js

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IBM Cloud SQL Query ODBC Driver

The IBM Cloud SQL Query ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from IBM Cloud SQL Query, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access IBM Cloud SQL Query interactive query services data like you would a database, through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Use node-odbc to execute SQL queries against IBM Cloud SQL Query data from Node.js.

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript code outside of a browser. With the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Cloud SQL Query, you can access live IBM Cloud SQL Query data from Node.js apps and scripts. In this article, we walk through installing node-odbc and the required tools to create a simple Node.js app with access to live IBM Cloud SQL Query data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live IBM Cloud SQL Query data in Node.js. When you issue complex SQL queries from Node.js to IBM Cloud SQL Query, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to IBM Cloud SQL Query and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Connecting to IBM Cloud SQL Query Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

IBM Cloud SQL uses the OAuth and HMAC authentication standards. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Building node-odbc

In order to connect to IBM Cloud SQL Query through the CData ODBC Driver, you need to build node-odbc manually (after installing the required tools).

Installing the Required Tools

The following commands install the tools required to build node-odbc (note the -g parameter, which installs the tools globally).

npm i -g windows-build-tools
npm i -g node-gyp

Building node-odbc

After installing the required tools, create a directory for the Node.js app and install odbc (which builds the binary for us to use in our Node.js script).

mkdir nodeodbc
cd nodeodbc
npm i -g node

Querying IBM Cloud SQL Query from Node.js

With the ODBC Driver installed, a DSN Configured, and node-odbc built, we are ready to query live IBM Cloud SQL Query data from a Node.js app. The sample code below connects to a specific DSN and queries the Jobs table.

myscript.js

const odbc = require('odbc');

async function queryIBMCloudSQLQuery() {
    const connection = await odbc.connect(`DSN=CData IBMCloudSQLQuery Source`);
    const data = await connection.query('SELECT Id, Status FROM Jobs');
    console.log(data);
}

queryIBMCloudSQLQuery();

Once you write the app, use node to execute the script:

node myscript.js

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Cloud SQL Query and start working with your live IBM Cloud SQL Query data in Node.js. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.