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Create a SendGrid Data Source for Denodo Platform

Use the CData JDBC Driver for SendGrid to create a virtual data source for SendGrid data in the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator.

Denodo Platform is a data virtualization product providing a single point of contact for enterprise database data. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for SendGrid, Denodo users can work with live SendGrid data alongside other enterprise data sources. This article walks through creating a virtual data source for SendGrid in the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live SendGrid data. When you issue complex SQL queries to SendGrid, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to SendGrid and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze SendGrid data using native data types.

Create a SendGrid Virtual Port

To connect to live SendGrid data from Denodo, you need to copy the JDBC Driver JAR file to the external library directory for Denodo and create a new JDBC Data Source from the Virtual DataPort Administrator tool.

  1. Download the CData JDBC Driver for SendGrid installer, unzip the package, and run the JAR file to install the driver.
  2. Copy the JAR File (and license file if it exists) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for SendGrid\lib\) to the Denodo external library directory (C:\Denodo\Denodo Platform\lib-external\jdbc-drivers\cdata-sendgrid-19).
  3. Open the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator tool and navigate to the Server Explorer tab.
  4. Right-click "admin" and select New -> Data source -> JDBC.
  5. Configure the JDBC Connection:
    • Name: your choice, e.g.: sendgrid
    • Database adapter: Generic
    • Driver class path: C:\Denodo\Denodo Platform\lib-external\jdbc-drivers\cdata-sendgrid-19
    • Driver class: cdata.jdbc.sendgrid.SendGridDriver
    • Database URI: Set this to a JDBC URL using the necessary connection properties. For example,

      jdbc:sendgrid:User=admin;Password=abc123;

      Information on creating the Database URI follows:

      Built-In Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.sendgrid.jar

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

      To make use of all the available features, provide the User and Password connection properties.

      To connect with limited features, you can set the APIKey connection property instead. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to obtaining the API key.

  6. Click the "Test connection" button to confirm the configuration and click Save.

View SendGrid Data in the VirtualPort Administrator Tool

After creating the data source, you can create a base view of SendGrid data for use in the Denodo Platform.

  1. Click the "Create base view" button in the newly created VirtualPort (admin.SendGrid).
  2. Expand the object tree and select the objects (tables) you wish to import.
  3. Click the "Create selected" button to create views of the SendGrid data.
    Optional: Click "Create associations from foreign keys" to define relationships between the objects.
  4. With the view(s) created, navigate to a table (cdata_sendgrid_advancedstats) in the Server Explorer and double-click the selected table.
  5. In the new tab, click "Execution panel" to open a query panel.
  6. Customize the query in the "Execute" tab or use the default:
    SELECT * FROM cdata_sendgrid_advancedstats CONTEXT ('i18n'='us_est', 'cache_wait_for_load'='true')
    
  7. Click Execute to view the data.

With the base view created, you can now work with live SendGrid data like you would any other data source in Denodo Platform, for example, querying SendGrid in the Denodo Data Catalog.

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for SendGrid and start working with your live SendGrid data in Denodo Platform. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.