Query PayPal Data as a MySQL Database in Node.js

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Execute MySQL queries against PayPal data from Node.js.

You can use CData Connect Cloud to query PayPal data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to create a virtual database for PayPal in Connect Cloud and start querying using Node.js.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for PayPal, allowing you to easily query live PayPal data in Node.js — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you query data in Node.js, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to PayPal, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return PayPal data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for PayPal Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "PayPal" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to PayPal.

    The provider surfaces tables from two PayPal APIs. The APIs use different authentication methods.

    • The REST API uses the OAuth standard. To authenticate to the REST API, you will need to set the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL properties.
    • The Classic API requires Signature API credentials. To authenticate to the Classic API, you will need to obtain an API username, password, and signature.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to obtaining the necessary API credentials.

    To select the API you want to work with, you can set the Schema property to REST or SOAP. By default the SOAP schema will be used.

    For testing purposes you can set UseSandbox to true and use sandbox credentials.

  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 PayPal data from any MySQL client.

Query PayPal from Node.js

The following example shows how to define a connection and execute queries to PayPal with the MySQL module. You will need the following information:

  • Host name, or address, and port: The address of your instance of the Connect Cloud (myinstance.cdatacloud.net) and the port (3306)
  • Username and password: The username and password of a user you authorized on Connect Cloud
  • Database name: The database you configured for PayPal (paypaldb)

Connect to PayPal data and start executing queries with the code below:

var mysql      = require('mysql');
var fs         = require('fs');
var connection = mysql.createConnection({
  host     : 'myinstance.cdatacloud.net',
  database : 'paypaldb',
  port	   : '3306',
  user     : 'admin',
  password : 'password',
  ssl      : {
    ca : fs.readFileSync('C:/certs/myCA.pem')
  }
});
connection.connect();
connection.query('SELECT * FROM Transactions', function(err, rows, fields) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log(rows);
});

connection.end();