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

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

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of QuickBase Data

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

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.quickbase.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for QuickBase installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.quickbase.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.quickbase.QuickBase Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    User Authentication Method

    To authenticate with user credentials, specify the following connection properties:

    1. Set the User and Password.
    2. If your application requires an ApplicationToken;, you must provide it otherwise an error will be thrown. You can find the ApplicationToken under SpecificApp > Settings > App management > App properties > Advanced settings > Security options > Manage Application Token.

    User Token Authentication

    To authenticate with a user token, specify the following connection properties:

    1. Set UserToken and you are ready to connect. You can find the UserToken under Quick Base > My Preferences > My User Information > Manage User Tokens.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.quickbase.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:quickbase:User=user@domain.com;Password=password;Domain=myinstance.quickbase.com;ApplicationToken=bwkxrb5da2wn57bzfh9xn24
  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 QuickBase set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select QuickBase 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 QuickBase entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the QuickBase data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

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