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Query Workday Data in ColdFusion

Write standard ColdFusion data access code to connect to Workday data.

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

Create a JDBC Data Source for Workday 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:workday: and is followed by the connection properties in a semicolon-separated list of name=value pairs.

      To connect, there are three pieces of information required: Authentication, API URL, and WSDL URL.

      Authentication

      To authenticate, specify your User and Password. Note that you must append your Tenant to your User separated by an '@' character. For instance, if you normally log in with 'geraldg' and your Tenant is 'mycompany_mc1', then your User should be specified as 'geraldg@mycompany_mc1'.

      API URL

      The API URL may be specified either directly via APIURL, or it may be constructed from the Tenant, Service, and Host. The APIURL is constructed in the following format: <Host>/ccx/service/<Tenant>/<Service>.

      WSDL URL

      The WSDLURL may be specified in its entirety, or may be constructed from the Service and WSDLVersion connection properties. The WSDLURL is constructed in the following format: https://community.workday.com/sites/default/files/file-hosting/productionapi/<Service>/<WSDLVersion>/<Service>.wsdl

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.workday.jar

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

      A typical JDBC URL is below:

      jdbc:workday:User=myuser;Password=mypassword;Tenant=mycompany_gm1;Host=https://wd3-impl-services1.workday.com
    • Driver Class: Enter the driver class. The driver class is cdata.jdbc.workday.WorkdayDriver.
    • 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 Workday data source in the Actions column. After reporting a status of OK, the Workday data source is ready for use.

Execute Queries

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

<cfquery name="WorkdayQuery" dataSource="CDataWorkday"> SELECT * FROM Workers WHERE Legal_Name_Last_Name = <cfqueryparam value="#Legal_Name_Last_Name#" cfsqltype="cf_sql_varchar"> </cfquery> <cfdump var="#WorkdayQuery#">

Below is the equivalent in CFScript:


<cfscript>
result = queryExecute(
  "SELECT * FROM Workers WHERE Legal_Name_Last_Name = ?", 
  [
    { value="Morgan", cfsqltype="cf_sql_varchar" }
  ],
  { datasource="CDataWorkday" }
);

writeDump( var= result );
</cfscript> 

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

http://MyServer:8500/query.cfm?Legal_Name_Last_Name=Morgan