Configure the CData JDBC Driver for IBM Informix in a Connection Pool in Tomcat

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Connect to IBM Informix data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

The CData JDBC Drivers support standard JDBC interfaces to integrate with Web applications running on the JVM. This article details how to connect to IBM Informix data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

Connect to IBM Informix Data through a Connection Pool in Tomcat

  1. Copy the CData JAR and CData .lic file to $CATALINA_HOME/lib. The CData JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  2. Add a definition of the resource to the context. Specify the JDBC URL here.

    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.

    You can see the JDBC URL specified in the resource definition below.

    <Resource name="jdbc/informix" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="cdata.jdbc.informix.InformixDriver" factory="org.apache.tomcat.jdbc.pool.DataSourceFactory" url="jdbc:informix:Server=10.0.1.2;Port=50000;User=admin;Password=admin;Database=test;" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" maxWait="-1" />

    To allow a single application to access IBM Informix data, add the code above to the context.xml in the application's META-INF directory.

    For a shared resource configuration, add the code above to the context.xml located in $CATALINA_BASE/conf. A shared resource configuration provides connectivity to IBM Informix for all applications.

  3. Add a reference to the resource to the web.xml for the application. IBM Informix data JSP jdbc/Informix javax.sql.DataSource Container
  4. Initialize connections from the connection pool: Context initContext = new InitialContext(); Context envContext = (Context)initContext.lookup("java:/comp/env"); DataSource ds = (DataSource)envContext.lookup("jdbc/Informix"); Connection conn = ds.getConnection();

More Tomcat Integration

The steps above show how to connect to IBM Informix data in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the JNDI Datasource How-To in the Tomcat documentation.