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Analyze IBM Informix Data in Infragistics Reveal

Use the CData Connect Cloud to create an OData API on top of IBM Informix data and visualize live IBM Informix data in Ingragistics Reveal.

Reveal is a data visualization solution provided by Infragistics and can be paired with the CData Connect Cloud and IBM Informix Connector to build dynamic dashboards from live IBM Informix data. The CData Connect Cloud creates a virtual database for IBM Informix and can be used to generate an OData API (natively consumable in Reveal) for IBM Informix. In this article, we walk through connecting to IBM Informix in Connect Cloud and connecting to Connect Cloud from Infragistics Reveal to create a simple dashboard.

Add a Connect Cloud User

Create a User to connect to IBM Informix from Reveal through Connect Cloud.

  1. Click Users -> Add
  2. Configure a User
  3. Click Save Changes and make note of the Authtoken for the new user

Connect to IBM Informix from Connect Cloud

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

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

    Set the following properties to connect to IBM Informix

    • Server: Set this to the name of the server running IBM Informix.
    • Port: Set this to the port the IBM Informix server is listening on.
    • Database: Set this to the name of the IBM Informix database.
    • User: Set this to the username of a user allowed to access the database.
    • Password: Set this to the password of a user allowed to access the database.

    You will also need to install the corresponding IBM Informix dependency:

    • Windows: Install the IBM Data Server Provider for .NET.
    • Java: Install the IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC.
  4. Click Test Database
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions (SELECT is all that is required for Reveal).

Add IBM Informix OData Endpoints in Connect Cloud

After connecting to IBM Informix, create OData Endpoint for the desired table(s).

  1. Click OData -> Tables -> Add Tables
  2. Select the IBM Informix database
  3. Select the table(s) you wish to work with and click Next
  4. (Optional) Edit the resource to select specific fields and more
  5. Save the settings

(Optional) Configure Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)

When accessing and connecting to multiple different domains from an application such as Ajax, there is a possibility of violating the limitations of cross-site scripting. In that case, configure the CORS settings in OData -> Settings.

  • Enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS): ON
  • Allow all domains without '*': ON
  • Access-Control-Allow-Methods: GET, PUT, POST, OPTIONS
  • Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Authorization

Save the changes to the settings.

Create a Dashboard in Reveal

With Connect Cloud configured, we can visualize IBM Informix data in Reveal.

  1. Log into Reveal and click Dashboards -> New
  2. Click Data Source -> OData Feed
  3. Specify the Connect Cloud API endpoint URL (found in API -> Discovery -> Base URL), for example: https://www.cdatacloud.com/myinstance/api.rsc
  4. Select Generic Credentials and specify the Connect Cloud username and authentication token
  5. Select the entity you wish to visualize
  6. Select fields and choose a chart type

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have created a simple dashboard from live IBM Informix data. For more information on creating OData feeds from IBM Informix (and more than 150 other sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Download a free, 30-day trial and start working live IBM Informix data in tools that consume OData APIs.