public class ConnectionProperties extends ReferenceableProperties
The connection is an object that contains the properties needed to create and initialise a connector to access a specific data assets. The properties for a connection are defined in model 0201. They include the following options for connector name:
  • guid - Globally unique identifier for the connection.
  • url - URL of the connection definition in the metadata repository. This URL can be stored as a property in another entity to create an explicit link to this connection.
  • qualifiedName - The official (unique) name for the connection. This is often defined by the IT systems management organization and should be used (when available) on audit logs and error messages. The qualifiedName is defined in the 0010 model as part of Referenceable.
  • displayName - A consumable name for the connection. Often a shortened form of the qualifiedName for use on user interfaces and messages. The displayName should be only be used for audit logs and error messages if the qualifiedName is not set.
Either the guid, qualifiedName or displayName can be used to specify the name for a connection. Other properties for the connection include:
  • type - information about the TypeDef for Connection
  • description - A full description of the connection covering details of the assets it connects to along with usage and version information.
  • additionalProperties - Any additional properties associated with the connection.
  • configurationProperties - properties for configuring the connector.
  • securedProperties - Protected properties for secure log on by connector to back end server. These are protected properties that can only be retrieved by privileged connector code.
  • userId - name or URI or connecting user.
  • encryptedPassword - password for the userId - needs decrypting by connector before use.
  • clearPassword - password for userId - ready to use.
  • connectorType - Properties that describe the connector type for the connector.
  • endpoint - Properties that describe the server endpoint where the connector will retrieve the assets.
  • assetSummary - short description of the connected asset (if any).
The connection class is simply used to cache the properties for an connection. It is used by other classes to exchange this information between a metadata repository and a owner.
  • Constructor Details

    • ConnectionProperties

      public ConnectionProperties()
      Default constructor sets the Connection properties to null.
    • ConnectionProperties

      public ConnectionProperties(ConnectionProperties template)
      Copy/clone Constructor to return a copy of a connection object.
      template - Connection to copy
  • Method Details

    • getDisplayName

      public String getDisplayName()
      Returns the stored display name property for the connection. Null means no displayName is available.
    • setDisplayName

      public void setDisplayName(String displayName)
      Set up the display name for UIs and reports.
      displayName - String name
    • setDescription

      public void setDescription(String description)
      Set up description of the element.
      description - String
    • getDescription

      public String getDescription()
      Returns the stored description property for the connection. If no description is provided then null is returned.
    • getUserId

      public String getUserId()
      Return the userId to use on this connection.
    • setUserId

      public void setUserId(String userId)
      Set up the userId to use on this connection.
      userId - string
    • getEncryptedPassword

      public String getEncryptedPassword()
      Return an encrypted password. The caller is responsible for decrypting it.
    • setEncryptedPassword

      public void setEncryptedPassword(String encryptedPassword)
      Set up an encrypted password.
      encryptedPassword - string
    • getClearPassword

      public String getClearPassword()
      Return an unencrypted password.
    • setClearPassword

      public void setClearPassword(String clearPassword)
      Set up an unencrypted password.
      clearPassword - string
    • setConfigurationProperties

      public void setConfigurationProperties(Map<String,Object> configurationProperties)
      Set up the configuration properties for this Connection.
      configurationProperties - properties that contain additional configuration information for the connector.
    • getConfigurationProperties

      public Map<String,Object> getConfigurationProperties()
      Return a copy of the configuration properties. Null means no secured properties are available.
      secured properties typically user credentials for the connection
    • setSecuredProperties

      public void setSecuredProperties(Map<String,String> securedProperties)
      Set up the secured properties for this Connection.
      securedProperties - properties that contain secret information such as log on information.
    • getSecuredProperties

      public Map<String,String> getSecuredProperties()
      Return a copy of the secured properties. Null means no secured properties are available.
      secured properties typically user credentials for the connection
    • toString

      public String toString()
      Standard toString method. Note SecuredProperties and other credential type properties are not displayed. This is deliberate because there is no knowing where the string will be printed.
      toString in class ReferenceableProperties
      print out of variables in a JSON-style
    • equals

      public boolean equals(Object objectToCompare)
      Compare the values of the supplied object with those stored in the current object.
      equals in class ReferenceableProperties
      objectToCompare - supplied object
      boolean result of comparison
    • hashCode

      public int hashCode()
      Return hash code based on properties.
      hashCode in class ReferenceableProperties