PowerShell Scripting to Replicate UPS Data to MySQL

Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate UPS data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for UPS offer live access to UPS data from within PowerShell. Using PowerShell scripts, you can easily automate regular tasks like data replication. This article will walk through using the CData Cmdlets for UPS and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate UPS data to a MySQL database.

After obtaining the needed connection properties, accessing UPS data in PowerShell and preparing for replication consists of four basic steps.

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.

Collecting UPS Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module UPSCmdlets
  2. Connect to UPS:

    $ups = Connect-UPS -Server $Server -AccessKey $AccessKey -Password $Password -AccountNumber $AccountNumber -UserId $UserId
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-UPS -Connection $ups -Table "Senders"

    You can also use the Invoke-UPS cmdlet to execute pure SQL-92 statements:

    $data = Invoke-UPS -Connection $ups -Query 'SELECT * FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = @SenderID' -Params @{'@SenderID'='25'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name

Inserting UPS Data into the MySQL Database

With the data and column names collected, you are ready to replicate the data into a MySQL database.

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module MySQLCmdlets
  2. Connect to MySQL, using the server address and port of the MySQL server, valid user credentials, and a specific database with the table in which the data will be replicated:

    $mysql = Connect-MySQL -User $User -Password $Password -Database $Database -Server $Server -Port $Port
  3. Loop through the UPS data, store the values, and use the Add-MySQL cmdlet to insert the data into the MySQL database, one row at a time. In this example, the table will need to have the same name as the UPS resource (Senders) and to exist in the database.

    $data | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Senders" -Columns $columns -Values $values }

You have now replicated your UPS data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with UPS data in the same way that you work with other MySQL tables, whether that is performing analytics, building reports, or other business functions.

Notes

  • Once you have connected to UPS and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-UPS -Connection $ups -Table "Senders" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Senders" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the UPS data to another database using another PowerShell module, you will want to exclude the Columns, Connection, and Table columns from the data returned by the Select-UPS cmdlet since those columns are used to help pipe data from one CData cmdlet to another:

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name | ? {$_ -NotIn @('Columns','Connection','Table')}