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Import data from other SQL servers

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MDriven Server – the new name for BorPred – has been extended with functionality to import data from other sqlbased systems.

The MDriven Server is designed for taking care of the repetitive common tasks that always seems to come back and haunt us system developers. MDriven Server takes a strictly model driven approach to help you with the work.

Earlier I described how to export files Exporting files from MDriven Server#Producing export files from MDriven Server

and this here is a link to explain more about the concept periodic actions MDrivenServer periodic server-side actions

What is new today is the ability to read from an external SQL server and import that data – strictly by using MDriven techniques and zero need for external programs.

Let me show you.

I have this model and I really want class1 to be reference data from an external database:

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So I declare a viewModel that looks like this:

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It defines 4 columns with data and 2 actions.

1=ViewModel - the name of yet another viewmodel that will act as a importer of the sql result set

2=Connectionstring- the external database , Update 2018-10-18: you can now use 'connectionstringodbc' and the logic will use ODBC connection instead.

3=Query – the sql query – remember that you can build it with data from the rest of your model

4=Key – if we want the import to be able to update Class1 we need to explain what the key is in the class

And the actions:

SQLImport – using this name will trigger the import function in MDriven Server

Finished – this is a generic action – that just execute the expression – in this case setting Class2.Attribute1 to ‘Done’

So the SQL data returned looks like this:

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And the ViewModel that is going to act as the import template – called “TheImporter” in the example above looks like this:

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I now declare the ServerSide job in MDriven server:

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The actual import is executed by the import logic described here: Import Data

Now the MDriven Server will check every 20:seconds if the expression Class2.allinstances->select(attribute1=’todo’) returns any rows. If it does - it fetches at most 2 of these and executes all the actions found in TheServerSideJob.

In MDriven Designer (formerly AppComplete) I can create a Class2 with the debugger and save it:

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And then I check the MDriven Server log:

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I then check my Class2:

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Attribute1 is now ‘Done’ – so the serverside job relaxes and will not find anything more to do just now…