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A PostgreSQL Interface for MailChimp Data

Use the Remoting features of the MailChimp JDBC Driver to create a PostgreSQL entry-point for data access.

There are a vast number of PostgreSQL clients available on the Internet. From standard Drivers to BI and Analytics tools, PostgreSQL is a popular interface for data access. Using our JDBC Drivers, you can now create PostgreSQL entry-points that you can connect to from any standard client.

To access MailChimp data as a PostgreSQL database, use the CData JDBC Driver for MailChimp and a JDBC foreign data wrapper (FDW). In this article, we compile the FDW, install it, and query MailChimp data from PostgreSQL Server.

Connect to MailChimp Data as a JDBC Data Source

To connect to MailChimp as a JDBC data source, you will need the following:

  • Driver JAR path: The JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  • Driver class: cdata.jdbc.mailchimp.MailChimpDriver

  • JDBC URL: The URL must start with "jdbc:mailchimp:" and can include any of the connection properties in name-value pairs separated with semicolons.

    You can set the APIKey to the key you generate in your account settings, or, instead of providing your APIKey, you can use the OAuth standard to authenticate the application. OAuth can be used to enable other users to access their own data. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with MailChimp.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.mailchimp.jar

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

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:mailchimp:APIKey=myAPIKey;

Build the JDBC Foreign Data Wrapper

The Foreign Data Wrapper can be installed as an extension to PostgreSQL, without recompiling PostgreSQL. The jdbc2_fdw extension is used as an example.

  1. Add a symlink from the shared object for your version of the JRE to /usr/lib/libjvm.so. For example: ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/server/libjvm.so /usr/lib/libjvm.so
  2. Start the build: make install USE_PGXS=1

Query MailChimp Data as a PostgreSQL Database

After you have installed the extension, follow the steps below to start executing queries to MailChimp data:

  1. Log into your database.
  2. Load the extension for the database: CREATE EXTENSION jdbc2_fdw;
  3. Create a server object for MailChimp: CREATE SERVER MailChimp FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER jdbc2_fdw OPTIONS ( drivername 'cdata.jdbc.mailchimp.MailChimpDriver', url 'jdbc:mailchimp:APIKey=myAPIKey;', querytimeout '15', jarfile '/home/MyUser/CData/CData\ JDBC\ Driver\ for\ Salesforce MyDriverEdition/lib/cdata.jdbc.mailchimp.jar');
  4. Create a user mapping for the username and password of a user known to the MySQL daemon. CREATE USER MAPPING for postgres SERVER MailChimp OPTIONS ( username 'admin', password 'test');
  5. Create a foreign table in your local database: postgres=# CREATE FOREIGN TABLE lists ( lists_id text, lists_Name text, lists_Stats_AvgSubRate numeric) SERVER MailChimp OPTIONS ( table_name 'lists');
You can now execute read/write commands to MailChimp: postgres=# SELECT * FROM lists;