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Create Yahoo!-Connected Visualizations in Klipfolio



Use CData Connect Server to connect to Yahoo! from Klipfolio and build custom visualizations using live Yahoo! data.

Klipfolio is an online dashboard platform for building real-time business dashboards for your team or your clients. When paired with CData Connect Server, you get instant access to Yahoo! data for visualizations, reports, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Yahoo! in Connect Server and build visualizations from Yahoo! data in Klipfolio.

CData Connect Server provides a pure SQL Server interface for Yahoo!, allowing you to easily build reports from live Yahoo! data in Klipfolio — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you build visualizations, Klipfolio generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Server pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Yahoo!, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Yahoo! data.

Create a Virtual SQL Server Database for Yahoo! Data

CData Connect Server uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect Server and click Connections.
  2. Select "Yahoo!" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Yahoo!.

    In order to authenticate, specify the following:

    • AppID: The App ID used for authentication. Send a request to the Yahoo! Japan Data Solution support team to obtain your App ID.
    • (Optional) Search Keyword: Specify any value to search for.
  4. Click Save Changes
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Yahoo! data from Klipfolio.

Connect to Yahoo! in Klipfolio

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Server from Klipfolio to create a new Yahoo! data source.

  1. Open Klipfolio
  2. Click in Data Feeds on the left panel to add a new data source.
  3. Search for and select MS SQL as the Service.
  4. Click "Create a custom MSSQL data source"
  5. Configure the data source by setting the SQL Server connection properties:
    • Host: your instance (e.g., CONNECT_SERVER_URL)
    • Port: 1433
    • Database: your database (e.g., YahooDS1)
    • Driver: MS SQL
    • Username: your Connect Server username
    • Password: your Connect Server password
    • SQL Query: any query to retrieve data (e.g., SELECT * FROM SearchVolume)
    • Select the checkbox to "Include column headers"
  6. Click "Get data" to preview the Yahoo! data before building a data model.

Build a Data Model

After retrieving the data, click "Continue." In the new window, configure your data model.

  1. Confirm that the model includes all columns you wish to work with
  2. Name your model
  3. (optional) Set the Description
  4. Set "Header in row" to 1
  5. Click the toggle to "Exclude data before row" and set the value to 2
  6. Click "Save data feed"

Create a Klip

With the data modeled, we are ready to create a Klip (or visualization) of the data to be used in the Klipfolio platform for dashboards, reporting, and more.

  1. Click "Add Metric"
  2. Select a measure, placed on the y-axis, to track.
  3. Select up to five dimensions/columns, for the x-axis, that you wish to visualize.
  4. Click "Save metric"

SQL Access to Yahoo! Data from Applications

Now you have a Klip built from live Yahoo! data. You can add it to a new dashboard, share, and more. Easily create more data sources and new visualizations, produce reports, and more — all without replicating Yahoo! data.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your applications, try CData Connect Server.