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db vs oda connectivity for reports [message #589466] Thu, 20 December 2007 22:54
Cameron Taggart is currently offline Cameron TaggartFriend
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I've been trying to produce reports using BIRT and CR4E (Crystal Reports for Eclipse). Both BIRT and CR4E (as of 1.0.4)
support establishing database connections through the Data Tools Platform in Eclipse 3.3. I simply want to connect to a
Sybase ASA database via JDBC.

Ideal Use Case:
* Open up the Data Source Explorer
* Select the Data Source Type: JDBC Data Source
* Select JDBC Driver Name: Sybase
(see DbVisualizer's Driver Manager)
* Enter details: Name, Database URL, User Name, Password
* Then in BIRT & CR4E, I could use the data source, selecting it by name.

Current Situation with CR4E:
It appears to be using "org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.db". In the Data Source Explorer, I right click on
"Databases" and select "New...". After creating a New Connect Profile, I can use it from CR4E. The *blocking* problem
I have right now is the lack of support from Data Source Explorer for getting column information for tables in Sybase
ASA databases.

Current Situation with BIRT:
It appears to be using "org.eclipse.birt.report.data.oda". I don't think it can use the data source connection that I
created above. One would think it should be able to. I haven't got this working yet, but I think I have to create a
"BIRT JDBC Data Source", then export the connection profile to an xml file somewhere on the file system (via an absolute
path), then in BIRT's Report Designer, I can create a "Data Source" by specifying the location of the file and
connection profile name in a couple of properties. It would be nice if only the Connection Profile name was needed.
Exporting stuff to a xml file somewhere on the file system seems completely unnecessary.


Why is the difference between the "db" and "oda" packages? Is that now a uniform way for defining JDBC data sources
within the Data Tools Platform?

I would really like to find a fix or work-a-round for the Sybase ASA issue. If any of the DTP folks from Sybase wish to
contact me directly, please do so.

cheers,
Cameron
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