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Search External Yahoo! Objects in Salesforce Connect



Use CData Connect Server to securely provide OData feeds of Yahoo! data to smart devices and cloud-based applications. Use the CData Connect and Salesforce Connect to create Yahoo! objects that you can access from apps and the dashboard.

CData Connect Server, enables you to access Yahoo! data from cloud-based applications like the Salesforce console and mobile applications like the Salesforce1 Mobile App. In this article, you will use CData Connect Server and Salesforce Connect to access external Yahoo! objects alongside standard Salesforce objects.

Configuring Connect Server

To work with live Yahoo! data in Salesforce Connect, we need to connect to Yahoo! from Connect Server, provide user access to the new virtual database, and create OData endpoints for the Yahoo! data.

Add a Connect Server User

Create a User to connect to Yahoo! from Reveal through Connect Server.

  1. Click Users -> Add
  2. Configure a User
  3. Click Save Changes and make note of the Authtoken for the new user

Connect to Yahoo! from Connect Server

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

  1. Open 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 (SELECT is all that is required for Reveal).

Add Yahoo! OData Endpoints in Connect Server

After connecting to Yahoo!, create OData Endpoints for the desired table(s).

  1. Click OData -> Tables -> Add Tables
  2. Select the Yahoo! database
  3. Select the table(s) you wish to work with and click Next
  4. (Optional) Edit the table definition to select specific fields and more
  5. Save the settings

(Optional) Configure Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)

When accessing and connecting to multiple different domains, there is a possibility of violating the limitations of cross-site scripting. In that case, configure the CORS settings in OData -> Settings.

  • Enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS): ON
  • Allow all domains without '*': ON
  • Access-Control-Allow-Methods: GET, PUT, POST, OPTIONS
  • Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Authorization

Save the changes to the settings.

Connect to Yahoo! Data as an External Data Source

Follow the steps below to connect to the feed produced by the API Server.

  1. Log into Salesforce and click Setup -> Integrations -> External Data Sources.
  2. Click New External Data Source.
  3. Enter values for the following properties:
    • External Data Source: Enter a label to be used in list views and reports.
    • Name: Enter a unique identifier.
    • Type: Select the option "Salesforce Connect: OData 4.0".
    • URL: Enter the URL to the OData endpoint of the API Server. The format of the OData URL is CONNECT_SERVER_URL/api.rsc/

  4. Select JSON in the Format menu.

  5. In the Authentication section, set the following properties:
    • Identity Type: If all members of your organization will use the same credentials to access the API Server, select "Named Principal". If the members of your organization will connect with their own credentials, select "Per User".
    • Authentication Protocol: Select Password Authentication to use basic authentication.
    • Certificate: Enter or browse to the certificate to be used to encrypt and authenticate communications from Salesforce to your server.
    • Username: Enter the username for a user known to CData Connect Server.
    • Password: Enter the user's authtoken.

Synchronize Yahoo! Objects

After you have created the external data source, follow the steps below to create Yahoo! external objects that reflect any changes in the data source. You will synchronize the definitions for the Yahoo! external objects with the definitions for Yahoo! tables.

  1. Click the link for the external data source you created.
  2. Click Validate and Sync.
  3. Select the Yahoo! tables you want to work with as external objects.

Access Yahoo! Data as Salesforce Objects

After adding Yahoo! data as an external data source and syncing Yahoo! tables as external objects, you can use the external Yahoo! objects just as you would standard Salesforce objects.

  • Create a new tab with a filter list view:

  • Create reports of external objects:

Simplified Access to Yahoo! Data from Applications

At this point, you have a direct connection to live Yahoo! data from Salesforce. For more information on gaining simplified access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources in applications like Salesforce, refer to our Connect Server page.