by • February 28, 2023
Do you have a DB2 database that needs a REST API? Now you can connect to your IBM DB2 with DreamFactory in just a few minutes. In this short blog post I’ll explain how you can connect to DB2 with DreamFactory’s auto-generated REST API for DB2.
If you haven’t done so already, either sign up for a free hosted DreamFactory account or install DreamFactory on your local computer or on a server. The easiest way to install DreamFactory is to use a Bitnami installer for Windows, Linux, VMware, or a cloud server (AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform).
Note: Connecting to DB2 from a DreamFactory install on Mac OS X isn’t currently supported.
If you’re using a hosted DreamFactory account, you can skip this step and go directly to Step 3.
If you’ve installed DreamFactory, follow the instructions below to configure the DB2 driver. These instructions assume you’ve installed DreamFactory with one of the DreamFactory Bitnami installers.
Now it’s time to connect to your DB2 database. Log into your DreamFactory Admin Console as an Administrator and navigate to the ‘Services’ tab. Click to create a new service, select ‘Remote SQL DB’, and fill out the required information, including host, database name, username, and password. Then click to save the connection.
After you’ve successfully connected to your DB2 database, click on the ‘API Docs’ tab in the DreamFactory Admin Console. In the list of APIs you’ll see an API for DB2 with whatever name you entered above in Step 3, in my example ‘DB2’.
Click around to browse the DB2 API. You can click on any of the HTTP verbs, look at the parameters for a particular API call, and click the ‘Try it out!’ button to make live API calls to your DB2 database.
The DB2 API supports a bunch of powerful features, including:
Once you’re familiar with the DB2 API, it’s time to build an application! You can call the API just as you would any REST API or use one of our client SDKs to help accelerate your development and simplify your code.
Adding a REST API to your IBM DB2 database can be a great way to make your data more accessible and usable. However, follow best practices to ensure that your REST API is secure, performant, and easy to use. Here are some best practices to keep in mind:
By following these best practices, you can ensure that your REST API is secure, performant, and easy to use, making it a valuable asset for your organization.
Kevin McGahey is an accomplished solutions engineer and product lead with expertise in API generation, microservices, and legacy system modernization, as demonstrated by his successful track record of facilitating the modernization of legacy databases for numerous public sector organizations.
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