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Raisers Edge NXT MuleSoft Connector



Create a simple Mule Application that uses HTTP and SQL with the CData Mule Connector for Raisers Edge NXT to create a JSON endpoint for Raisers Edge NXT data.

The CData Mule Connector for Raisers Edge NXT connects Raisers Edge NXT data to Mule applications enabling read functionality with familiar SQL queries. The Connector allows users to easily create Mule Applications to backup, transform, report, and analyze Raisers Edge NXT data.

This article demonstrates how to use the CData Mule Connector for Raisers Edge NXT inside of a Mule project to create a Web interface for Raisers Edge NXT data. The application created allows you to request Raisers Edge NXT data using an HTTP request and have the results returned as JSON. The exact same procedure outlined below can be used with any CData Mule Connector to create a Web interface for the 200+ available data sources.

  1. Create a new Mule Project in Anypoint Studio.
  2. Add an HTTP Connector to the Message Flow.
  3. Configure the address for the HTTP Connector.
  4. Add a CData Raisers Edge NXT Connector to the same flow, after the HTTP Connector.
  5. Create a new Connection (or edit an existing one) and configure the properties to connect to Raisers Edge NXT (see below). Once the connection is configured, click Test Connection to ensure the connectivity to Raisers Edge NXT.

    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.

  6. Configure the CData Raisers Edge NXT Connector.
    1. Set the Operation to 'Select with Streaming'.
    2. Set the Query type to Dynamic.
    3. Set the SQL query to SELECT * FROM #[message.inboundProperties.'http.query.params'.get('table')] to parse the URL parameter table and use it as the target of the SELECT query. You can customize the query further by referencing other potential URL parameters.
  7. Add a Transform Message Component to the flow.
    1. Map the Payload from the input to the Map in the output.
    2. Set the Output script to the following to convert the payload to JSON:
      %dw 1.0
      %output application/json
      ---
      payload
              
  8. To view your Raisers Edge NXT data, navigate to the address you configured for the HTTP Connector (localhost:8081 by default) and pass a table name as the table URL parameter: http://localhost:8081?table=Constituents
    The Constituents data is available as JSON in your Web browser and any other tools capable of consuming JSON endpoints.

At this point, you have a simple Web interface for working with Raisers Edge NXT data (as JSON data) in custom apps and a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools. Download a free, 30 day trial of the Mule Connector for Raisers Edge NXT and see the CData difference in your Mule Applications today.