How to connect to Denodo from Octave

Applies to: Denodo 8.0
Last modified on: 17 Nov 2021
Tags: Connectivity External clients JDBC driver MatLab Octave Web Services

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GNU Octave is a software primarily intended for numerical computations. It is free software that helps in solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and to perform other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with MATLAB.

This document describes how to connect Octave to Denodo.


The following XML Toolbox is required: XMLTree: an XML toolbox for MATLAB/Octave.

Getting information from Denodo

The following sections show how to read the data from Denodo in Octave using two methods:  HTTP and JDBC.

Through HTTP we will connect to a REST Web Service published in Denodo, retrieve the information in XML format and then process it.

Through JDBC we will connect directly to a Denodo virtual database and retrieve the information through a SQL Query.

Accessing Denodo through HTTP

Denodo gives the possibility of consuming data through the creation of both SOAP and REST Web services. In order to get the data, Web Services allow access via HTTP. Since Octave provides functions to perform HTTP access, it will be possible to consume data coming from Denodo Web Services. In the following example we will explain how to make these calls to read the data from a REST Web Service published in Denodo.

  1. First of all, execute the command webread with or without parameters to get the data in XML form (this command accepts authentication methods with weboptions).

Example without parameters:

xmlDoc = webread(urlRestWebService);

Example with parameters:

xmlDoc = webread(urlRestWebService,parameter1,value1,


Example with authentication:

xmlDoc = webread(urlRestWebService, weboptions('Username', 'user', 'Password', 'user''));

  1. Second, this retrieved data needs to be transformed from XML to cells with these commands.

  • Transform the XML Document in a tree with the XML Toolbox.

tree = xmltree(xmlDoc);

  • This tree can be  then transformed into a structure.

s = convert(tree);

  • Finally this structure is converted to a cell so that it is easy to access.

c = struct2cell(s);

A small example of how to implement this first method.

  1. This code in Octave firstly uses the command webread to retrieve the data from the REST Web services and then transform it with the following commands: xmltree, convert and struct2cell. Afterwards it initializes the variables and executes the loop to save the query’s information in arrays. Finally it plots the histogram with the command hist.


xmlDoc = webread('http://localhost:9090/server/denodo_training/


tree = xmltree(xmlDoc);

s = convert(tree);

c = struct2cell(s);

numRows = size(c{1,1},2);

M = zeros(1,1000);

velM = zeros(1,7);

previous = 600000;

x = 0;

for rowIdx = 1:numRows

  vel = c{1,1}{1,rowIdx}.posted_speed_limit;

  if not(vel == previous)

    x = x+1;

    velM(x) = str2num(vel);


  M(rowIdx) = str2num(vel);

  previous = vel;



  1. The previous code displays the following histogram in Octave:

Accessing Denodo through JDBC

Denodo provides a Java API that allows executing queries on the Denodo virtual databases. In addition, it also provides a JDBC driver that implements the main characteristics of the JDBC API.

The Denodo JDBC driver can be found either in the Denodo Community or from the Denodo installation folder (<DENODO_HOME>/tools/client-drivers/jdbc/vdp-jdbcdriver-core/denodo-vdp-jdbcdriver.jar).

Octave does not have native methods to access a database through JDBC, but it does offer the option of importing Java classes.

The following example shows how to access Denodo by importing the JDBC driver and a custom Java class in Octave:

  1. Create a class in java to connect to a Denodo database and return an array of data with a method in the class. Export this class to a jar file.
  2. Import the class created and the Denodo VDP JDBC driver to Octave with the command javaaddpath.
  • javaaddpath(path/class.jar);
  • javaaddpath(path/denodo-vdp-jdbcdriver.jar);
  1. Get the Java object from the class you did import with the command javaObject.
  • Object = javaObject (com.example.App);
  1. Execute the method created in the class accessing through the object created previously
  • Object.connection(parameters);

Here we have a small explanation about the most important parts of the Java class.

This is the method’s signature that connects to the Denodo database and executes the query returning the data in int array form so that Octave can use it:

public static int[] connection(String database, String user, String password, String sqlQuery)

Firstly, the method connection needs to import the class of the Denodo VDP JDBC Driver for the connection with the database:


Now the class will be able to access the database and execute a query.

connection = DriverManager.getConnection(database, user, password);

// Create the statement from the user query

PreparedStatement statement = connection.prepareStatement(vqlQuery);

// Execute the query


// Obtaining the result of the query and printing it.

ResultSet result = statement.getResultSet();

An example of how to implement this second method:

  1. The following code imports the Denodo driver with the javaaddpath command, creates the object with javaObject and then executes the query with the method in this object (connection.connection). Afterwards it initializes the variables and executes the loop to save the query’s information in arrays. Finally, it plots the histogram with the command hist.




connection = javaObject ("com.example.App");

arrayLimitVel = connection.connection("jdbc:vdb://localhost:9999/denodo_training", "admin", "admin",

"SELECT posted_speed_limit FROM f_traffic_crashes");

numRows = size(arrayLimitVel);

velM = zeros(1,6)

previous = 600000;

x = 0;


arrayLimitVel = sort(arrayLimitVel);

for rowIdx = 1:numRows(1)

  vel = arrayLimitVel(rowIdx);


  if not(vel == anterior)

    x = x+1;

    velM(x) = vel;


  previous = vel;


hist(arrayLimitVel ,velM)

  1. The previous code displays the following histogram in Octave:


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GNU Octave: Java Interface

XMLTree: an XML Toolbox For MATLAB/Octave

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