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PayPal JDBC Driver

Easy-to-use PayPal client enables Java-based applications to easily consume PayPal Transactions, Orders, Sales, Invoices, etc.



How to set PayPal data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for PayPal fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide PayPal data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set PayPal data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view PayPal data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of PayPal Data

Follow the instruction below to set PayPal data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.paypal.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for PayPal installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.paypal.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.paypal.PayPal Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    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.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.paypal.jar

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

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:paypal:Schema=SOAP;Username=sandbox-facilitator_api1.test.com;Password=xyz123;Signature=zx2127;
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to PayPal set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select PayPal Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The PayPal entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the PayPal data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, PayPal can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.