In order to query a database, you have to first connect to the required database This section describes how to:
•Connect to a database, and
•Select the required data source and root object from among multiple existing connections.
Connecting to a database
When you click the Query Database command for the first time in a session (or when no database connection exists), the Quick Connect dialog (screenshot below) pops up to enable you to connect to a database. To make connections subsequently, click the Quick Connect icon in the Database Query window.
How to connect to a database via the Quick Connect dialog is described in the section Connecting to a Data Source.
The following databases are supported. While Altova endeavors to support other databases, successful connection and data processing have only been tested with the databases listed below. If your Altova application is a 64-bit version, ensure that you have access to the 64-bit database drivers needed for the specific database you are connecting to.
Firebird 2.5.4, 3.0
IBM DB2 8.x, 9.1, 9.5, 9.7, 10.1, 10.5, 11.5, 11.5.7
IBM Db2 for i 6.1, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
Logical files are supported and shown as views.
IBM Informix 11.70, 12.10, 14.10
MariaDB 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6.5
Microsoft Access 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019
At the time of writing (early September 2019), there is no Microsoft Access Runtime available for Access 2019. You can connect to an Access 2019 database from Altova products only if Microsoft Access 2016 Runtime is installed and only if the database does not use the "Large Number" data type.
Microsoft Azure SQL Database
SQL Server 2016 codebase
Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Microsoft SQL Server on Linux
MySQL 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 8.0, 8.0.25, 8.0.28
Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g, 12c, 18, 19
PostgreSQL 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.0.10, 9.1.6, 9.2.1, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 10, 11, 12.1, 13, 14.1
PostgreSQL connections are supported both as native connections and driver-based connections through interfaces (drivers) such as ODBC or JDBC. Native connections do not require any drivers.
Progress OpenEdge 11.6
SQLite 3.35.5, 3.37.2
SQLite connections are supported as native, direct connections to the SQLite database file. No separate drivers are required.
In Authentic view, data coming from a SQLite database is not editable. When you attempt to save SQLite data from the Authentic view, a message box will inform you of this known limitation.
Sybase ASE 15, 16
Selecting the required data source
All the existing connections and the root objects of each are listed, respectively, in two combo boxes in the toolbar of the Database Query window (screenshot below).
In the screenshot above, the database with the name StyleVision DB has been selected. Of the available root objects for this database, the root object ALTOVA_USER has been selected. The database and the root object are then displayed in the Browser pane.