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Pipe RSS Feeds in Google Data Fusion

Load the CData JDBC Driver into Google Data Fusion and pipe live RSS feeds to any supported data platform.

Google Data Fusion allows users to perform self-service data integration to consolidate disparate data. Uploading the CData JDBC Driver for RSS enables users to access live RSS feeds from within their Google Data Fusion pipelines. While the CData JDBC Driver enables piping RSS feeds to any data source natively supported in Google Data Fusion, this article walks through piping data from RSS to Google BigQuery,

Upload the CData JDBC Driver for RSS to Google Data Fusion

Upload the CData JDBC Driver for RSS to your Google Data Fusion instance to work with live RSS feeds. Due to the naming restrictions for JDBC drivers in Google Data Fusion, create a copy or rename the JAR file to match the following format -.jar. For example: cdata.jdbc.rss-2019.jar

  1. Open your Google Data Fusion instance
  2. Click the to add an entity and upload a driver
  3. On the "Upload driver" tab, drag or browse to the renamed JAR file.
  4. On the "Driver configuration" tab:
    • Name: Create a name for the driver (cdata.jdbc.rss) and make note of the name
    • Class name: Set the JDBC class name: (cdata.jdbc.rss.RSSDriver)
  5. Click "Finish"

Pipe RSS Feeds in Google Data Fusion

With the JDBC Driver uploaded, you are ready to work with live RSS feeds in Google Data Fusion Pipelines.

  1. Navigate to the Pipeline Studio to create a new Pipeline
  2. From the "Source" options, click "Database" to add a source for the JDBC Driver
  3. Click "Properties" on the Database source to edit the properties
    • Set the Label
    • Set Reference Name to a value for any future references (i.e.: cdata-rss)
    • Set Plugin Type to "jdbc"
    • Set Connection String to the JDBC URL for RSS. For example:

      jdbc:rss:5246...;URL=http://broadcastCorp/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.

      To use the JDBC Driver in Google Data Fusion, you will need to set the RTK property in the JDBC URL. You can view the licensing file included in the installation for information on how to set this property.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.rss.jar

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

    • Set Import Query to a SQL query that will extract the data you want from RSS, i.e.:
      SELECT * FROM Latest News
  4. From the "Sink" tab, click to add a destination sink (we use Google BigQuery in this example)
  5. Click "Properties" on the BigQuery sink to edit the properties
    • Set the Label
    • Set Reference Name to a value like rss-bigquery
    • Set Projcect ID to a specific Google BigQuery Project ID (or leave as the default, "auto-detect")
    • Set Dataset to a specific Google BigQuery dataset
    • Set Table to the name of the table you wish to insert RSS feeds into

With the Source and Sink configured, you are ready to pipe RSS feeds into Google BigQuery. Save and deploy the pipeline. When you run the pipeline, Google Data Fusion will request live data from RSS and import it into Google BigQuery.

While this is a simple pipeline, you can create more complex RSS pipelines with transforms, analytics, conditions, and more. Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for RSS and start working with your live RSS feeds in Google Data Fusion today.