Connecting to Bing Search
  • 14 Aug 2022
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The Sisense Bing Search connector is a certified connector that allows you to import data from the Bing Search API into Sisense via theSisense generic JDBC connector. The Bing Search connector offers the most natural way to connect to Bing Search, and provides additional powerful features.

The support for the connector is provided by Sisense and will be assisted by the certification partner's support, if needed. For any support issues or additional functionality requests, contact your Sisense representative or open a request through the Sisense Help Center. For advanced inquiries specific to driver functionality, you can also contact the certification partner’s support directly via support@cdata.com.

After you have downloaded the driver, you can connect through a connection string in Sisense. The connection string is used to authenticate users who connect to the Bing Search APIs. Once you have connected to Bing Search, you can import a variety of tables from the Bing Search API.

This page describes how to download the Bing Search driver and deploy it, how to connect to Bing Search with a connection string, provides information about the Bing Search data model, and more.

Note:

For the list of supported connectors, see Introduction to Data Sources.

Downloading the Bing Search JDBC Driver

You can download the Bing Search JDBC driver here.

For a short video of downloading the driver, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

Note:
  • The driver is certified for Sisense v7.2 and above.
  • Sisense v7.4 and above: Click the above link to download a ready-to-use driver.
  • Sisense prior to v7.4: Click the above link to download a 30-days free-trial of the driver. Contact Sisense for the full license version.

Deploying the Bing Search JDBC Driver

Prerequisite: The install file (setup.jar) is a Java Application that requires Java 6 (J2SE) or above to run.

To install the driver, double-click the setup.jar file and proceed with the instructions in the installation wizard.

Depending on the machine on which you are accessing the Sisense application, install the driver in one of the following locations:

  • When Sisense is installed on your local machine, deploy the driver locally.
  • For a non-local installation(when accessing Sisense on a remote Windows server, or accessing the Sisense hosted cloud environment), select one of the below methods:
    • Deploy the driver on the Sisense server machine, and then perform all the authentication on the server machine.
      OR
    • Deploy the driver on your local machine (or any other machine, as convenient), perform all the authentication on that machine, and then copy the JAR file to the remote server. For detailed instructions, see here.
  • If you are on a Linux deployment, deploy the driver on your local machine (or any other machine), perform all the authentication on that machine, and then copy the JAR file to this location: /opt/sisense/storage/connectors/jdbcdrivers/driver_name_folder
    For detailed instructions, see here.
Note:

The default location of the JAR file: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

JAVA Troubleshooting

If you do not have Java 6 installed, you may download it from here.

If your system is not set up to run Java applications, execute the following command:
java -jar setup.jar

To access Bing Search REST API from Sisense, you must obtain a valid API key. The API Key is provided by Bing Search after you subscribe to an API. Once you have your API Key, you can use it to create the connection string to be used in Sisense.

To obtain an API Key:

  1. Log in to https://www.bing.com/dev.

  2. From the main menu, select the API you want to retrieve data from.

  3. If you have already subscribed to it, you will see two subscription types, Free Trial and Labs. Select the relevant subscription type.
    The API Key is displayed.

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  4. Click Copy for the relevant key.

  5. Save the key to paste it into your connection string.

    To create the connection string:

  6. Open the lib directory for the connector. This is the default path:
    C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib

  7. Double-click the jar file in the lib directory.

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    Alternatively, to open the jar file from the command line, enter the following command in the command prompt (change the driver name to your driver): cd C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib
    Press Enter and enter the following command (change the driver name to your driver):
    “C:\Program Files\Sisense\infra\jre\bin\java.exe" -jar cdata.jdbc.<Driver Name>.jar

    Press Enter again.
    For example:

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    The Connection String Builder opens.

  8. Click in the Value column of the API Key property and set it to the application key provided by Microsoft that authenticates your account.

  9. Click in the Value column of the Initiate OAuth property and select GETANDREFRESH.

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  10. Click Test Connection.

  11. A browser window opens where you need to log in to your application in order to grant access. (Each application will display a different window and messages.)
    Close the Authorization Successful! message that opens.

  12. Go back to the Connection String Builder dialog and click OK in the Test Connection Successful message to close it.

  13. Click Copy to Clipboard to obtain the connection string.

The driver uses embedded credentials which originate from a OAuth App embedded into the driver. The embedded credentials provide full functionality, so you do not have to create an OAuth App.

Note:

If you want to configure the authentication or limit the scope of the data provided to Sisense, you must create your own OAuth App. For details, see here.

You need to follow the above instructions only once, to retrieve the Access and Refresh tokens. Once the tokens have been retrieved, the driver will be refreshing them in the background when they expire, with no further involvement from you.

To help you create a connection string and test the connection, see Connection String Builder for Certified Connectors.

If you have any issues connecting to your data source, see Troubleshooting JDBC Data Connectors.

Adding Bing Search Tables to your ElastiCube

  1. Open Sisense.

    For a non-local installation, open Sisense on the hosted cloud environment.

  2. In the Data page, open an ElastiCube or create a new ElastiCube.

  3. In the Model Editor, click data_btn.png; the Add Data dialog box is displayed.

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  4. Click Generic JDBCto open the JDBC settings.

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  5. In Connection String, paste the string you obtained above. When you do so, the string is appended with some _persist properties. The following is an example of the connection string as it looks in Sisense:
    jdbc:bing:ApiKey=73529b7a4994ytec8d4ca6c33049;InitiateOAuth=GETAND:
  6. In JDBC JARs Folder, enter the name of the directory where the Bing Search JAR file is located (see Deploying the Bing Search JDBC Driver).
  7. In Driver's Class Name, enter the following class name:
    cdata.jdbc.bing.BingDriver
  8. Leave the User Name and Password blank.
  9. Click Next. A list of tables in the database are displayed. All tables and views associated with the database appear in a new window.
  10. From the Tables list, select the relevant table or view you want to work with. You can click next to the relevant table or click Preview to see a preview of the data inside it.
  11. (Optional) Click + to customize the data you want to import with SQL. See Importing Data with Custom Queries for more information.
  12. After you have selected all the relevant tables, click Done. The tables are added to your data model.

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

Bing Search Connector: Additional Resources

For the full documentation set for the Bing Search connector, click here.

For connection string options, click here.

For information on the Bing Search data model, click here.

Limitations

All Bing Search tables and views are searches, and therefore a Select * without a WHERE filter specified is not valid. When querying tables, the Bing Search API requires the SearchTerms parameter. For more information, click here . For example, to search the Bing Web table for the term 'bing', use the following query:

SELECT * FROM WebSearch where SearchTerms = 'bing'

To overcome this limitation, use custom import query to add the WHERE filter to tables and views.


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