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Connecting Bold BI to 42matters data source

Bold BI dashboard designer supports connecting 42matters web services through REST API.

Choose 42matters data source

To configure the 42matters data source, follow the below steps:

  1. Click the Data Sources button in the configuration panel to add a new data connection.

    Data source icon

  2. Click CREATE NEW to launch a new connection from the connection panel.

  3. Select the 42matters connection in the connection panel.

    Choose data source

NOTE: You can also create a data source from the home page by clicking the Data Sources menu from left menu panel and Create Data Source from the data sources page.

Choose data source from server

Create 42matters data source

Once you click the data source, the NEW DATA SOURCE configuration panel opens. Follow the below steps to create 42matters data source.

  1. Enter a name and description (optional) for the data source.

  2. Enter a valid 42matters REST API endpoint in the URL textbox. Refer the 42matters API documentation for more details.

    Example: https://data.42matters.com/api/v2.0/android/apps/reviews.json?p=<:package_name>&access_token=<:access_token>

  3. Select GET method for the REST API in Method combo box.

  4. In Max Rows, enter the maximum number of rows to be fetched from the 42matters data source. This value is used to fetch the data from 42matters data source via pagination.

  5. Choose a time interval for Refresh Settings using the combo box, to trigger the Rest API request periodically to keep the data in sync with our dashboard.

  6. Select JSON data type in Data Format combo box.

  7. Replace <:access_token> at the end of the URL with a valid API access token.

  8. Choose None under Authentication Type as authentication is done through header.

You can also edit the connection information set here using the Edit Connection option.

How do I get API Access Token for connecting 42matters data source?

  1. Login to your 42matters account. Go to Profile -> My Account.
  2. Use this API Access Token as <:access_token> in 42matters data source in Bold BI Dashboard.

Reveal API Access Token

Additional information

Max Rows Most of the REST APIs return only fewer data on a single API request. To pull the amount of data you need, set a value in this field. Pagination is handled internally and will fetch the amount of data you need.
Refresh Settings Period of time before next refresh call is triggered. This will automatically trigger a call for the API configured in the data source to keep the data up to date. If you do not want to sync your new data, choose ‘Never’.
API Limits In 42matters, making requests more than the allowed requests will get an error response. Contact your data source vendor, if you require more throughput.

Setting up the URL

The <:package_name> is a publicly available Android app package name. Get the package details from app market.

Replace it in the below URL, p=<:package_name> and access_token=<:access_token>

https://data.42matters.com/api/v2.0/android/apps/lookup.json?p=<:package_name>&access_token=<:access_token>

Sample queries

Reviews

https://data.42matters.com/api/v2.0/android/apps/reviews.json?p=<:package_name>&access_token=<:access_token>

Lookup

https://data.42matters.com/api/v2.0/android/apps/lookup.json?p=<:package_name>&access_token=<:access_token>

Versions

https://data.42matters.com/api/v2.0/android/apps/versions.json?p=<:package_name>&access_token=<:access_token>

Preview and data import

  • Click Preview & Connect to connect with the configurations set.

  • The Choose Schema(s) dialog opens. The schema represents the key fields of JSON data retrieved from 42matters Rest API request. This dialog displays a list of schemas in treeview and its corresponding values in grid for preview. Select required schema(s) from treeview to use in designer and click Connect.

    Preview

  • Now, the data design view page with selected table schema opens. Drag and drop the table.

    Query Editor

  • Click Save to save the data source with a relevant name.

Data Transformation

Editing a Data Connection

Dashboard Designer Walkthrough

42matters Integration