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Configure the CData JDBC Driver for Open Exchange Rates in a Connection Pool in Tomcat

Connect to Open Exchange Rates 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 Open Exchange Rates data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

Connect to Open Exchange Rates 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.

    The Open Exchange Rates API supports basic authentication with an App Id. After you register, your App Id is displayed in your account dashboard. Set this to the AppId connection property.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.openexchangerates.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/openexchangerates" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="cdata.jdbc.openexchangerates.OpenExchangeRatesDriver" factory="org.apache.tomcat.jdbc.pool.DataSourceFactory" url="jdbc:openexchangerates:AppId=abc1234;" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" maxWait="-1" />

    To allow a single application to access Open Exchange Rates 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 Open Exchange Rates for all applications.

  3. Add a reference to the resource to the web.xml for the application. Open Exchange Rates data JSP jdbc/OpenExchangeRates 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/OpenExchangeRates"); Connection conn = ds.getConnection();

More Tomcat Integration

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