Query SAS xpt Data in ColdFusion

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SASxpt JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with SAS xpt (XPORT) files data.

Write standard ColdFusion data access code to connect to SAS xpt data.

The CData JDBC Driver for SAS xpt seamlessly integrates connectivity to SAS xpt data with the rapid development tools in ColdFusion. This article shows how to connect to SAS xpt data in ColdFusion and query SAS xpt tables.

Create a JDBC Data Source for SAS xpt in ColdFusion

The JDBC data source enables you to execute SQL from standard ColdFusion tags like cfquery and CFScript like executeQuery.

  1. Copy the driver JAR and .lic file from the installation directory onto the ColdFusion classpath. For example, copy the files into C:\MyColdFusionDirectory\cfusion\wwwroot\WEB-INF\lib. Or, open the Java and JVM page in the ColdFusion Administrator and enter the path to the files in the ColdFusion Class Path box.

    The JAR and license for the driver are located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.

    Restart the server after this step.

  2. Add the driver as a data source:

    From the ColdFusion administrator interface, expand the Data & Services node and click Data Sources. In the Add New Data Source section, enter a name for the data source and select Other in the Driver menu.

  3. Populate the driver properties:

    • JDBC URL: Enter connection properties in the JDBC URL. The JDBC URL begins with jdbc:sasxpt: and is followed by the connection properties in a semicolon-separated list of name=value pairs.

      Connecting to Local SASXpt Files

      You can connect to local SASXpt file by setting the URI to a folder containing SASXpt files.

      Connecting to S3 data source

      You can connect to Amazon S3 source to read SASXpt files. Set the following properties to connect:

      • URI: Set this to the folder within your bucket that you would like to connect to.
      • AWSAccessKey: Set this to your AWS account access key.
      • AWSSecretKey: Set this to your AWS account secret key.
      • TemporaryLocalFolder: Set this to the path, or URI, to the folder that is used to temporarily download SASXpt file(s).

      Connecting to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

      You can connect to ADLS Gen2 to read SASXpt files. Set the following properties to connect:

      • URI: Set this to the name of the file system and the name of the folder which contacts your SASXpt files.
      • AzureAccount: Set this to the name of the Azure Data Lake storage account.
      • AzureAccessKey: Set this to our Azure DataLakeStore Gen 2 storage account access key.
      • TemporaryLocalFolder: Set this to the path, or URI, to the folder that is used to temporarily download SASXpt file(s).

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.sasxpt.jar

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

      A typical JDBC URL is below:

    • Driver Class: Enter the driver class. The driver class is cdata.jdbc.sasxpt.SASXptDriver.
    • Driver Name: Enter a user-defined name for the driver.
    • Username: Enter the username used to authenticate.
    • Password: Enter the password used to authenticate.

You can now test the connection by enabling the CData SAS xpt data source in the Actions column. After reporting a status of OK, the SAS xpt data source is ready for use.

Execute Queries

The cfquery tag can pass SQL statements to SAS xpt. Use the cfqueryparam tag to create parameterized queries and prevent SQL injection through the query string.

<cfquery name="SASXptQuery" dataSource="CDataSASXpt"> SELECT * FROM SampleTable_1 WHERE Column2 = <cfqueryparam value="#Column2#" cfsqltype="cf_sql_varchar"> </cfquery> <cfdump var="#SASXptQuery#">

Below is the equivalent in CFScript:

result = queryExecute(
  "SELECT * FROM SampleTable_1 WHERE Column2 = ?", 
    { value="100", cfsqltype="cf_sql_varchar" }
  { datasource="CDataSASXpt" }

writeDump( var= result );

You can then make requests to your .cfm like the following: