From the Personalization dialog you can configure the aspect of the Data Catalog and the available features in its interface. It is organized in the following tabs:
Elements. The features related to the elements of the catalog are configured here.
Informative message. You can configure a message to show to the users before they log in the application.
Export. In this tab you configure which options are available to export the results of a query.
Connection. From this tab you can customize the connection URLs and decide where to show them.
Usage statistics. You can enable the usage statistics in this tab and which options are available.
Theme. You will find here a dialog to redefine the visual aspect of the Data Catalog.
In the Search and browse section you configure the following settings:
Select the elements that will be shown to the users. You can specify if the users only have access to views, to web services or to both of them. In addition to searching and browsing, this setting will affect the home page and the saved queries.
Choose how the elements will be displayed by default. Select the display mode of the elements by default: list or grid.
Allow users to browse by Databases/Folders. If disabled, the Browse menu will not show the Databases / Folders option.
Show only views and web services belonging to any category. In case the browsing by database and folders is disabled, you can decide if the Data Catalog will show all elements in the server when searching or browsing, or only those elements with a category.
Show the elements belonging to the selected category or any of its subcategories. If enabled, the search in Browse > Categories will show the elements belonging to the categories selected or its subcategories.
Allow logical names for view fields. If enabled, users will see the logical field name column in the views Schema tab. In addition, users will be able to search views containing certain logical field names in metadata search when the search filter Field name is applied.
In the My queries section, you configure if users are allowed to save queries or not with the option Allow saving queries (show “My queries” menu). If disabled, the My queries menu will not be shown.
In the HTML section, with the Enable HTML descriptions and properties you decide if HTML is supported in descriptions for databases, views, web services, categories or tags; and if a property group supports HTML type properties. If disabled:
Element descriptions will always be displayed as plain text,
Existing HTML type properties will be converted to type Long text, and
Property groups will not allow to create properties of type HTML.
In the Informative message tab you can configure an informative message that will be displayed to users as a modal pop-up before they log in the Data Catalog. It can be used to display a welcome message, inform users when the service is expected to be down for maintenance, legal disclaimers, etc.
In the editor you can enter plain text or HTML text with the help of the toolbar. Use the icon in the toolbar to enter HTML code in the editor.
In the General section you can configure the following settings about the exportation of the query results of views and web services:
The available export formats, between
Tableau (.hyper). By default, all formats are enabled.
The section Enabling Exports to Tableau explains how to configure the Denodo Platform to enable the exports to Tableau.
If only users with the
data_catalog_exporterrole in Virtual DataPort can export the results of the queries using each of the available exporters.
If Data Catalog should generate these files with a header by default. This setting only applies to
Excelfiles. Exporting to
Tableau (.hyper)always include the header.
The maximum number of rows that will be exported using each of the available formats. First, you need to check the Limit maximum number of rows to export option and then provide a value in the corresponding Maximum numbers of rows field.
The field delimiter character used when exporting to a
CSVfile. You can choose between
Tab; or click the button and enter a user-defined delimiter character.
The double quote character (
") cannot be set as a delimiter character.
In the Excel section you can configure how numeric and date values are exported to Excel. The following settings can be configured:
Export numbers as. Choose the Excel format that should be used to export numeric values between the options:
Number. If you choose this option, you should specify in the field Number of decimals how many decimals will be displayed in the cell for decimal values.
Take into account that if you export numbers with
Numberformats, Excel will only store the 15 most significant figures. If you want to preserve all figures, you should export them as
Date pattern. The pattern to be applied to values of type
localdateif results are not internationalized or if you choose an i18n map not defining a value for the field
Time pattern. The pattern to be applied to values of type
timeif results are not internationalized or if you choose an i18n map not defining a value for the field
Timestamp pattern. The pattern to be applied to values of type
timestampif results are not internationalized or if you choose an i18n map not defining a value for the field
The syntax used in
timestamp patterns is the same as the Java date patterns
detailed in the section Date and Time Pattern Strings.
Enabling Exports to Tableau¶
To enable the feature of exporting data to Tableau, you need to install the
Tableau Data Extract API (for
.tde format) or Extract API 2.0 (for
.hyper format) in the host where the Denodo Platform is installed.
To configure Tableau libraries, follow these steps:
Go to the web site of the Tableau Data Extract API or Extract API 2.0.
In this page, sign in and download the package C/C++/Java 64-bit version. Select Windows or Linux depending on the operating system where the Denodo server runs.
Decompress the downloaded file.
If the Denodo server runs on Windows, copy the files of the folder
binin the downloaded file to
If the Denodo server runs on Linux:
Copy all the
.sofiles of the folder
.hyperformat) in the downloaded file to
<DENODO_HOME>/jre/bin. Files under the
Javasubfolder are no needed. Remember to verify that the files just copied have the necessary permissions.
Copy the files of the folder
.hyperformat) in the downloaded file to
Restart the Data Catalog.
According to your specific Linux distribution, you should follow the next considerations:
Red Hat and Ubuntu distributions. It is necessary to copy all the
.sofiles mentioned in section 5.1 to
/libdirectory of the Linux root folder with the appropriate permissions.
CentOS distributions. It is necessary to copy all the
.sofiles mentioned in section 5.1 to
/lib64directory of the Linux root folder with the appropriate permissions.
It is necessary to have the libncurses5 library installed, so it is recommended to check if this library is installed on the system. If a later version of this library is installed, it is necessary to make a symbolic link like the one indicated below since the Tableau libraries need that specific version to work.
ln -s libtinfo.so.<version> libtinfo.so.5
(e.g. If the installed library is libncurses6 then the command to use would be
ln -s libtinfo.so.6 libtinfo.so.5)
Take into account that there is a limitation in Linux environments that prevents the Tableau libraries for both formats from being installed at the same time. In these environments it is only allowed to configure libraries for one format (
.hyper) in Data Catalog.
You can choose whether to display the Connection URLs button or not in the Summary tab of databases, views and web services. If you choose to show it, you can customize several parameters:
Introduction text of the connections panel. This value will be shown in the panel instead of the default introduction.
URL patterns. These values describe how to access the databases and views of the server through JDBC, ODBC, REST and OData; and the URL for accessing web services. You may use the following variables in the pattern definitions:
$view_name. These variables will be replaced by the appropriate values when showing the URLs to the user.
In the External Tools section you can configure the integration with third-party applications.
Power BI. Enable this option to show the Power BI button in the Summary tab of views, which generates a data source file to query the view from Power BI.
DSN. By default, a DSN-less connection string with the data of the server the user is connected to in the Data Catalog is used. It is also possible to specify a custom DSN or a DSN-less connection string. For details about the DSN-less connection string format go to Denodo Power BI Custom Connector.
Tableau. Enable this option to show the Tableau button in the Summary tab of views, which generates a data source to query the view from Tableau.
Connector. The connector to use to create the connection. Denodo, that uses ODBC, or Denodo JDBC.
Connection. Parameters needed to create the connection. By default, the data of the server the user is connected to in the Data Catalog is used. It is also possible to specify different values by selecting Use custom connection parameters.
JDBC connection parameters. Additional connection parameters. Only for the Denodo JDBC connector.
The Data Catalog allows showing usage statistics of the views and web services by analyzing the usage data collected by Denodo Virtual DataPort. This feature requires some preparation steps, that will be explained later on this section.
When this feature is enabled, the details page for views and web services includes a new tab called Usage that shows some statistics about its usage.
Steps to Configure the Gathering of Statistics¶
In order to show the Usage tab in the details page of views and web services, a user with administration privileges has to perform the following steps:
Configure the Denodo Monitor to store the log of requests in a database (for instance, a table in Oracle). By default, Denodo Monitor saves the log information to a file. You need to modify this to use a database instead the log file.
<DENODO_HOME>/tools/monitor/denodo-monitor/conf/ConfigurationParameters.properties, search for the following text and follow the instructions of the file.
# ================================================================================ # Settings to store the output of the Virtual DataPort query monitor in a database # ================================================================================
Do the following steps in Virtual DataPort:
Due to license restrictions, you cannot use the Virtual DataPort server included in the Solution Manager.
Create a database called
denodo_logs. Although you could use a different name, if you do, you will have to modify the properties file of the Scheduler project that you will import in step #4.
Create a JDBC data source that points to the database where Denodo Monitor will store the log of requests. If you already have this data source, you do not need to create a new one.
Create a base view over the table
request_notificationof this data source. This is the table in which Denodo Monitor will store the requests log.
This base view has to be called
request_notification. Do not modify the names of the fields.
Check that the cache engine of Virtual DataPort is enabled.
Edit the file
<DENODO_HOME>/resources/data-catalog/statistics/usage-statistics.propertiesand do these changes:
The properties ending with
URLhave to point to the Data Catalog. You may need to change them if the Tomcat server where the Data Catalog is running is not listening on the default port and/or is not resolvable as localhost from Virtual DataPort.
The properties ending with
PASSWORD.ENCRYPTEDindicate the user name and password that will be used to call the REST API of the Data Catalog. By default, they are configured to use the default
adminuser with its default password.
The properties ending with
TIMEOUTindicate the timeout (in milliseconds) of the calls to the Data Catalog API.
Import the file
<DENODO_HOME>/resources/data-catalog/statistics/usage-statistics.vqlalong with the properties files you just modified, into database
This will create a new full cache view,
usage_statistics_srcand associated objects.
Load the Denodo Incremental Cache Load stored procedure in Denodo Virtual DataPort. You need access to the Denodo Support site to download this component.
incremental_cache_loadstored procedure in the database
denodo_logsof Denodo Virtual DataPort (or in the database indicated in the first step done for Virtual DataPort).
Enable the usage statistics in the Data Catalog. Follow these steps:
Configure the period to compute the usage statistics:
Previous 30 daysor
Configure the elements over which to calculate the usage statistics:
User Agent (Applications)or
Configure the connection details to the Virtual DataPort server containing the views over the Denodo Monitor requests log (needed to calculate the usage statistics), as explained before.
Database. The database where the views were created. If no value is specified in this field, the database of the Connection URL will be used.
View name. The name of the view to query the usage statistics. The default value
usage_statistics_srcwill be used if no value is specified in this field.
Compute the statistics.
At this point, the statistics need to be computed so Data Catalog can display them in the Usage tab of the Data Catalog. To do this, there are two options:
Scheduled with Denodo Scheduler. Import the file
<DENODO_HOME>/resources/data-catalog/statistics/data_catalog_statistics_scheduler.zipinto Scheduler. It creates a project named
data_catalog_statistics, which contains:
A VDP data source. Edit it so it points to the VDP server and database configured in the step #2 (make sure to configure it with a user with enough privileges on that server and database).
A Scheduler job called
load_cache_and_update_statistics. This is a job of type
VDPthat executes a view over the Data Catalog API to incrementally load the cache of the view
usage_statistics_srcand compute the usage statistics. Schedule this job to run periodically. We recommend scheduling it to run at least once a day (or more times if you desire to refresh the usage statistics more frequently).
Manually from the Data Catalog. You can compute the usage statistics by clicking the Compute usage statistics button in the Data Catalog. The action dispatched with this button loads the cache with new data since the last time the cache was refreshed, and then computes the statistics (as Denodo Scheduler does, but in a scheduled way).
The recommended option to keep your statistics up to date is by using the Denodo Scheduler. You can modify the scheduling triggers according to your needs.
You can customize the interface of the Data Catalog to adapt it to the branding of your company. You can change the following settings:
The colors. You can also invert the colors of some elements (i.e. the page header), this will allow you to build a dark theme.
The border and shadows of the dialogs and forms.
The logo, header and other images of the application.
The maximum size for uploaded images is 5MB.
Click on the Apply theme if you want to test your changes before persist them. The changes will only be applied for the current tab of your browser. Other tabs or other browsers will ignore these changes.
If you want to persist your changes, click the Save button. You need to restart the Data Catalog for your changes to take effect.
You can always go back to the original settings by clicking the Restore defaults button.
If you want to save your settings to a file, use the Export button. To load the settings from a file, use the Import button.