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Query SAS Data Sets Data in MySQL Workbench

Create a virtual MySQL database for SAS Data Sets data in CData Connect (or Connect Server) and work with live SAS Data Sets data in MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Workbench allows users to administer MySQL environments and gain better visibility into databases. When paired with CData Connect (on-premise or Connect Server), you get live access to SAS Data Sets data as if it were a MySQL database. This article shows how to create a virtual database for SAS Data Sets in Connect and work with live SAS Data Sets data in MySQL Workbench.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for SAS Data Sets Data

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

  1. Login to Connect and click Connections.
  2. Select "SAS Data Sets" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SAS Data Sets.

    Set the following connection properties to connect to your SAS DataSet files:

    Connecting to Local Files

    • Set the Connection Type to "Local." Local files support SELECT, INSERT, and DELETE commands.
    • Set the URI to a folder containing SAS files, e.g. C:\PATH\TO\FOLDER\.

    Connecting to Cloud-Hosted SAS DataSet Files

    While the driver is capable of pulling data from SAS DataSet files hosted on a variety of cloud data stores, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE are not supported outside of local files in this driver.

    Set the Connection Type to the service hosting your SAS DataSet files. A unique prefix at the beginning of the URI connection property is used to identify the cloud data store and the remainder of the path is a relative path to the desired folder (one table per file) or single file (a single table). For more information, refer to the Getting Started section of the Help documentation.

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

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to SAS Data Sets from MySQL Workbench.

Query SAS Data Sets from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual SAS Data Sets database in Connect from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live SAS Data Sets data.

Connect to SAS Data Sets through Connect

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData Connect).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query SAS Data Sets Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData Connect).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve SAS Data Sets data, like SELECT * FROM sasdatasetsdb.restaurants;

With access to live SAS Data Sets data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update SAS Data Sets, just like you would a MySQL database. Request a demo of the CData Connect and start working with SAS Data Sets just like a MySQL database today.