Connect to Raisers Edge NXT Data in RapidMiner

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Raisers Edge NXT JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with Raisers Edge NXT.



Integrate Raisers Edge NXT data with standard components and data source configuration wizards in RapidMiner Studio.

This article shows how you can easily integrate the CData JDBC driver for Raisers Edge NXT into your processes in RapidMiner. This article uses the CData JDBC Driver for Raisers Edge NXT to transfer Raisers Edge NXT data to a process in RapidMiner.

Connect to Raisers Edge NXT in RapidMiner as a JDBC Data Source

You can follow the procedure below to establish a JDBC connection to Raisers Edge NXT:

  1. Add a new database driver for Raisers Edge NXT: Click Connections -> Manage Database Drivers.
  2. In the resulting wizard, click the Add button and enter a name for the connection.
  3. Enter the prefix for the JDBC URL: jdbc:raiseredgenxt:
  4. Enter the path to the cdata.jdbc.raiseredgenxt.jar file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  5. Enter the driver class: cdata.jdbc.raiseredgenxt.RaiserEdgeNXTDriver
  6. Create a new Raisers Edge NXT connection: Click Connections -> Manage Database Connections.
  7. Enter a name for your connection.
  8. For Database System, select the Raisers Edge NXT driver you configured previously.
  9. Enter your connection string in the Host box.

    Before establishing a connection, supply the SubscriptionKey, found in the Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT Profile.

    Authenticating to Raiser's Edge NXT

    Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can connect to without setting any connection properties using the embedded OAuth credentials.

    Alternatively, you can authenticate by creating a custom app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

    See the Help documentation for an authentication guide.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.raiseredgenxt.jar

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

    A typical connection string is below:

    SubscriptionKey=MySubscriptionKey;OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:33333;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
  10. Enter your username and password if necessary.

You can now use your Raisers Edge NXT connection with the various RapidMiner operators in your process. To retrieve Raisers Edge NXT data, drag the Retrieve operator from the Operators view. With the Retrieve operator selected, you can then define which table to retrieve in the Parameters view by clicking the folder icon next to the "repository entry." In the resulting Repository Browser, you can expand your connection node to select the desired example set.

Finally, wire the output to the Retrieve process to a result, and run the process to see the Raisers Edge NXT data.