Configuring Database connectors - Oracle

Studio enables you to use the database connectors to connect to your relational databases like Oracle, DynamoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL, MongoDB, and so on.

Let us now understand how to use the Oracle connector. Oracle is an open-source object-relational database system that allows you to safely store and scale the different data workloads.

Configuring an Oracle Connector

To add a third party DB connectors, under Studio > Connectors, click (+) Connector. Select Oracle connector.

Enter the Connector Name.

Now let us configure our Oracle database connector. You would now need to add the Connection string fields. Depending upon the relational database that you have chosen, you would find the fields required for establishing a database connection.

In this case, note that to connect to the Oracle database you would need a few parameters or fields. The connection parameters that are required are Host, database name. Add the other configuration details if available for Port, Username, Password. Also, add the Whitelisting and Connect using SSL configurations.

Once these configurations are done, you need to Test the request and connection. If the authentication is successful you would get the response accordingly. You can now click to Save your configuration.

Adding queries to the Database connector

Now that you have configured the connector you will find it under the Connectors list. Now to fetch data or undertake any other action, click Add query option available after your connection is ready.

Here you can add your queries - simple as well as complex ones. To the right-hand side of the screen, you can see the list of tables from the database. You can expand the tables to view the fields from the table.

Enter a Query name and add your query and press Ctrl + enter to run the query. The rows returned from the table are shown in the Response section.

You can also add dynamic values using the Variables. To use a variable inside a query, you simply need to put it into double Curly brackets. The Test value that you entered would be considered for fetching data. When using the connector queries the dynamic variables would have to be linked to the respective control for further run-time functioning.

You can now view the queries that you saved for use in your apps later under your specific connector.

Using Oracle connector

Fetch all rows

Now let us take a simple example to fetch all rows from the table and display them in a table grid control. In this case, you simply need to add the SQL query as per the Oracle syntax.

Add the query as seen above and run to verify the output. Once done Save the query.

Now, whenever you need to get data from Oracle you can use the connector query anytime within your apps. Now if you want to display the author permissions in a table grid control you simply need to add the connector to the app and then bind the connector in the respective control’s properties (table grid in this case).

You can also view the SQL query being used using Show query. If you want to hide the query for some reason, click Hide Query. Beyond the configured queries you feel the need a few more queries you can use the Add Query option.

Provide the input values if any and click Finish. You can find the query listed out under the Studio Console > Connectors tab. Whenever you want to use this data you can simply bind the connector to the controls, select the columns, and you are done. You can transform the connector response or apply conditional formatting as required.

Display 10 records

Now here consider an example where we want to find the author’s permission from the table but want to display only the first 10 records. So we would now need to add pagination by making use of the LIMIT clause to limit the number of rows returned. Now in another scenario, if you want to provide a dynamic input as to the number of rows you can assign the value accepted from the form and send it as a variable to the query.

For example, on the form, you can add a dropdown control which gives the user the option to select the number of records to display. Pass this value to the connector at runtime. In the example below the limitrows variable is a dynamic variable and we are passing the value using the Keywords. Here we have specified numberofrecordstodisplay which is the dropdown control. So the value selected would be set for the Limit clause of the Query.

Now that you want to make use of these Database connectors in your Apps, Under your app, click Connectors > + Add. From the list of connectors select Custom Database Connectors > Your connector, and click Continue.

Based on the query selected, you would have the connector fields that would be used in the BINDAPI formula. Add the connector name and other details and click Finish.

In this example form, to bind the fetched data to the TableGrid control, select the Connector from the list of connectors available. You can see in the Custom Formula the BINDAPI formula which you can customize further if you want to format how your data would be displayed in the TableGrid.

Using the DB Connector for Oracle is similar to using it with other databases like MS SQL, MS SQL, and so on. You can make use of the Queries to fetch data as well bind data such that you can undertake the insert, update, delete actions as well.