Connect to SAS xpt Data from PowerBuilder

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SASxpt JDBC Driver

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



This article demonstrates how to access SAS xpt data from PowerBuilder using the SAS xpt JDBC Driver.

The CData JDBC Driver for SAS xpt is a standards-based control that can be used from any platform or development technology that supports JDBC, including PowerBuilder. This article shows how to use the CData JDBC Driver for SAS xpt in PowerBuilder.

This article shows how to create a basic PowerBuilder application that uses the CData JDBC Driver for SAS xpt to retrieve data.

Connect to SAS xpt Data from PowerBuilder

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an JDBC URL for SAS xpt. You can use a database profile to save connection properties. In the Database Painter, you can graphically manipulate data as well as execute SQL queries.

  1. Add the driver JAR to the PowerBuilder classpath. Set the CLASSPATH system environment variable to the path to the driver JAR, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.

    Note: If you are using PowerBuilder Classic, you can also add the path to the driver JAR by clicking Tools -> System Options -> Java.

  2. Click Tools -> Database Painter.
  3. Right-click the JDBC node and click New Profile.
  4. In the Database Profile Setup dialog, enter the following:
    • Profile Name: Enter a user-friendly name for the profile.
    • Driver Name: Enter the class name of the driver, cdata.jdbc.sasxpt.SASXptDriver
    • URL: Enter the JDBC URL.

      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:

      jdbc:sasxpt:URI=C:/folder;
  5. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using SAS xpt Data with PowerBuilder Controls

You can use standard PowerBuilder objects to connect to JDBC data sources and execute queries. The following example shows how to retrieve SAS xpt data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

SQLCA.DBMS = "JDBC" SQLCA.AutoCommit = False SQLCA.DBParm = "Driver='cdata.jdbc.sasxpt.SASXptDriver',URL='jdbc:sasxpt:URI=C:/folder;"; CONNECT USING SQLCA; dw_sampletable_1.SetTransObject(SQLCA); dw_sampletable_1.Retrieve();