Connect to Xero WorkflowMax Data from a Connection Pool in Jetty

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Xero WorkflowMax JDBC Driver

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The Xero WorkflowMax JDBC Driver supports connection pooling: This article shows how to connect faster to Xero WorkflowMax data from Web apps in Jetty.

The CData JDBC driver for Xero WorkflowMax is easy to integrate with Java Web applications. This article shows how to efficiently connect to Xero WorkflowMax data in Jetty by configuring the driver for connection pooling. You will configure a JNDI resource for Xero WorkflowMax in Jetty.

Configure the JDBC Driver for Salesforce as a JNDI Data Source

Follow the steps below to connect to Salesforce from Jetty.

  1. Enable the JNDI module for your Jetty base. The following command enables JNDI from the command-line:

    java -jar ../start.jar --add-to-startd=jndi
  2. Add the CData and license file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, into the lib subfolder of the context path.
  3. Declare the resource and its scope. Enter the required connection properties in the resource declaration. This example declares the Xero WorkflowMax data source at the level of the Web app, in WEB-INF\jetty-env.xml.

    <Configure id='workflowmaxdemo' class="org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext"> <New id="workflowmaxdemo" class=""> <Arg><Ref refid="workflowmaxdemo"/></Arg> <Arg>jdbc/workflowmaxdb</Arg> <Arg> <New class="cdata.jdbc.xeroworkflowmax.XeroWorkflowMaxDriver"> <Set name="url">jdbc:xeroworkflowmax:</Set> <Set name="APIKey">myApiKey</Set> <Set name="AccountKey">myAccountKey</Set> </New> </Arg> </New> </Configure>

    To connect to the WorkflowMax API, obtain an APIKey and AccountKey from Xero. This can only be done by contacting Xero support (

    After obtaining an API Key and Account Key, set the values in the APIKey and AccountKey connection properties. Once these are set, you are ready to connect.

  4. Configure the resource in the Web.xml:

    jdbc/workflowmaxdb javax.sql.DataSource Container
  5. You can then access Xero WorkflowMax with a lookup to java:comp/env/jdbc/workflowmaxdb: InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext(); DataSource myworkflowmax = (DataSource)ctx.lookup("java:comp/env/jdbc/workflowmaxdb");

More Jetty Integration

The steps above show how to configure the driver in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the Working with Jetty JNDI chapter in the Jetty documentation.