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Integrate RSS Feeds into Automated Tasks with Microsoft Flow

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server database for RSS feeds and integrate live RSS feeds into your Microsoft Flow tasks.

Microsoft Flow is an online workflow service that automates events (known as workflows) across the most common apps and services. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to RSS feeds for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to connect to the Cloud Hub from Microsoft Flow and integrate live RSS feeds into your workflows and tasks.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for RSS, allowing you to easily integrate with live RSS feeds in Microsoft Flow — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Microsoft Flow and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to RSS, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return RSS feeds.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for RSS Feeds

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

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

    You can connect to RSS and Atom feeds, as well as feeds with custom extensions. To connect to a feed, set the URL property. You can also access secure feeds. A variety of authentication mechanisms are supported. See the help documentation for details.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate RSS feeds into your Flow tasks, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Microsoft Flow
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual RSS database you created earlier (like rssdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Integrating RSS Feeds into MS Flow Tasks

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live RSS feeds into your Microsoft Flow tasks.

  1. Log in to Microsoft Flow
  2. Click My flows -> New and choose to create the flow from blank or template
  3. Add (or configure) a SQL Server action (like Get rows) and configure the action to connect to your Cloud Hub connection
  4. Select a Table to work with (from the drop-down menu) and configure any advanced options (like filters, orders, etc)
  5. Configure any actions to follow and test, then save the flow

SQL Access to RSS Feeds from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live RSS feeds from Microsoft Flow tasks. You can create more connections and workflows to drive business — all without replicating RSS feeds.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.