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Create Microsoft CDS-Connected Business Apps in AppSheet

Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to Microsoft CDS from AppSheet and build custom business apps using live Microsoft CDS data.

AppSheet provides a no-code development platform for application software, which allows users to create mobile, tablet, and web applications. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Microsoft CDS data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Microsoft CDS in Connect Cloud and build a simple app from Microsoft CDS data in AppSheet.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Microsoft CDS, allowing you to build reports from live Microsoft CDS data in AppSheet — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you create applications to work with data, AppSheet generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Microsoft CDS, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Microsoft CDS data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Microsoft CDS Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Microsoft CDS" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Microsoft CDS.

    You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. Below are the minimum connection properties required to connect.

    • InitiateOAuth: Set this to GETANDREFRESH. You can use InitiateOAuth to avoid repeating the OAuth exchange and manually setting the OAuthAccessToken.
    • OrganizationUrl: Set this to the organization URL you are connecting to, such as https://myorganization.crm.dynamics.com.
    • Tenant (optional): Set this if you wish to authenticate to a different tenant than your default. This is required to work with an organization not on your default Tenant.

    When you connect the Common Data Service OAuth endpoint opens in your default browser. Log in and grant permissions. The OAuth process completes automatically.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Microsoft CDS data from AppSheet.

Connect to Microsoft CDS in AppSheet

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from AppSheet to create a new Microsoft CDS data source.

  1. Log into AppSheet
  2. Click "My account" in the menu
  3. Click the Sources tab and add a new data source
  4. Select Cloud Database and set the connection information
    • Type: MySQL
    • Server: the endpoint for your instance, including port, for example, myinstance.cdatacloud.net:3306
    • Database: the virtual database, for example, CDS1
    • Username: a Connect Cloud user with permissions for the database
    • Password: the password for the above Connect Cloud user
    • SSL: Require SSL
  5. Click "Test Connection"
  6. Click "Authorize Access"

Create an App

Once you create the data source for Microsoft CDS, you can start building apps on Microsoft CDS data. Start by clicking "My apps" in the menu.

  1. Click to create a new app and select "Start with your own data"
  2. Name the app and select an appropriate category, based on your data
  3. Select the newly created data source (e.g., database-1)
  4. Select the table or view with the data you want

At this point, you can configure the design of your app, selecting which columns from the selected table to display, use as labels, and more. Preview the app in the preview panel and then publish or share it when ready.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, try the CData Connect Cloud.