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Connect to UPS Data in RapidMiner

Integrate UPS data with standard components and data source configuration wizards in RapidMiner Studio.

This article shows how you can easily integrate the CData JDBC driver for UPS into your processes in RapidMiner. This article uses the CData JDBC Driver for UPS to transfer UPS data to a process in RapidMiner.

Connect to UPS in RapidMiner as a JDBC Data Source

You can follow the procedure below to establish a JDBC connection to UPS:

  1. Add a new database driver for UPS: Click Connections -> Manage Database Drivers.
  2. In the resulting wizard, click the Add button and enter a name for the connection.
  3. Enter the prefix for the JDBC URL: jdbc:ups:
  4. Enter the path to the cdata.jdbc.ups.jar file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  5. Enter the driver class: cdata.jdbc.ups.UPSDriver
  6. Create a new UPS connection: Click Connections -> Manage Database Connections.
  7. Enter a name for your connection.
  8. For Database System, select the UPS driver you configured previously.
  9. Enter your connection string in the Host box.

    The driver uses five pieces of information in order to authenticate its actions with the UPS service.

    • Server: This controls the URL where the requests should be sent. Common testing options for this are: https://wwwcie.ups.com/ups.app/xml and https://wwwcie.ups.com/webservices
    • AccessKey: This is an identifier that is required to connect to a UPS Server. This value will be provided to you by UPS after registration.
    • UserId: This value is used for logging into UPS. This value is the one you chose to login with when registering for service with UPS.
    • Password: This value is used for logging into UPS. This value is the one you chose to login with when registering for service with UPS.
    • AccountNumber: This is a valid 6-digit or 10-digit UPS account number.
    • PrintLabelLocation: This property is required if one intends to use the GenerateLabels or GenerateReturnLabels stored procedures. This should be set to the folder location where generated labels should be stored.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.ups.jar

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

    A typical connection string is below:

    Server=https://wwwcie.ups.com/ups.app/xml;AccessKey=myAccessKey;Password=myPassword;AccountNumber=myAccountNumber;UserId=myUserIdInitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
  10. Enter your username and password if necessary.

You can now use your UPS connection with the various RapidMiner operators in your process. To retrieve UPS data, drag the Retrieve operator from the Operators view. With the Retrieve operator selected, you can then define which table to retrieve in the Parameters view by clicking the folder icon next to the "repository entry." In the resulting Repository Browser, you can expand your connection node to select the desired example set.

Finally, wire the output to the Retrieve process to a result, and run the process to see the UPS data.