Connect to IBM Informix Data in HULFT Integrate

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Connect to IBM Informix as a JDBC data source in HULFT Integrate

HULFT Integrate is a modern data integration platform that provides a drag-and-drop user interface to create cooperation flows, data conversion, and processing so that complex data connections are easier than ever to execute. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for IBM Informix, HULFT Integrate can work with live IBM Informix data. This article walks through connecting to IBM Informix and moving the data into a CSV file.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live IBM Informix data. When you issue complex SQL queries to IBM Informix, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to IBM Informix and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze IBM Informix data using native data types.

Enable Access to IBM Informix

To enable access to IBM Informix data from HULFT Integrate projects:

  1. Copy the CData JDBC Driver JAR file (and license file if it exists), cdata.jdbc.informix.jar (and cdata.jdbc.informix.lic), to the jdbc_adapter subfolder for the Integrate Server
  2. Restart the HULFT Integrate Server and launch HULFT Integrate Studio

Build a Project with Access to IBM Informix Data

Once you copy the JAR files, you can create a project with access to IBM Informix data. Start by opening Integrate Studio and creating a new project.

  1. Name the project
  2. Ensure the "Create script" checkbox is checked
  3. Click Next
  4. Name the script (e.g.: InformixtoCSV)

Once you create the project, add components to the script to copy IBM Informix data to a CSV file.

Configure an Execute Select SQL Component

Drag an "Execute Select SQL" component from the Tool Palette (Database -> JDBC) into the Script workspace.

  1. In the "Required settings" tab for the Destination, click "Add" to create a new connection for IBM Informix. Set the following properties:
    • Name: IBM Informix Connection Settings
    • Driver class name: cdata.jdbc.informix.InformixDriver
    • URL: jdbc:informix:Server=10.0.1.2;Port=50000;User=admin;Password=admin;Database=test;

      Built-in Connection String Designer

      For assistance 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.

      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.
  2. Write your SQL statement. For example:
    SELECT Id, Price FROM Books
  3. Click "Extraction test" to ensure the connection and query are configured properly
  4. Click "Execute SQL statement and set output schema"
  5. Click "Finish"

Configure a Write CSV File Component

Drag a "Write CSV File" component from the Tool Palette (File -> CSV) onto the workspace.

  1. Set a file to write the query results to (e.g. Books.csv)
  2. Set "Input data" to the "Select SQL" component
  3. Add columns for each field selected in the SQL query
  4. In the "Write settings" tab, check the checkbox to "Insert column names into first row"
  5. Click "Finish"

Map IBM Informix Fields to the CSV Columns

Map each column from the "Select" component to the corresponding column for the "CSV" component.

Finish the Script

Drag the "Start" component onto the "Select" component and the "CSV" component onto the "End" component. Build the script and run the script to move IBM Informix data into a CSV file.

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for IBM Informix and start working with your live IBM Informix data in HULFT Integrate. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.