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How to set IBM Informix data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for IBM Informix fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide IBM Informix data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set IBM Informix data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view IBM Informix data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of IBM Informix Data

Follow the instruction below to set IBM Informix data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.informix.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for IBM Informix installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.informix.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.informix.Informix Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    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.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the IBM Informix JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.informix.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:informix:Server=10.0.1.2;Port=50000;User=admin;Password=admin;Database=test;
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to IBM Informix set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select IBM Informix Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The IBM Informix entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the IBM Informix data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, IBM Informix can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.