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Toucan Toco Connectors

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Toucan Connectors

Toucan Toco data connectors are plugins to the Toucan Toco platform, configured with dictionaries (cf. DataSource class) and returning Pandas DataFrames.


In order to work you need make and Python 3.8 (consider running pip install -U pip setuptools if needed) You can then install:

  • the main dependencies by typing pip install -e .
  • the test requirements by typing pip install -r requirements-testing.txt

You should be able to run basic tests pytest tests/

Consider installing pre-commit to profit form linting hooks:

$ pip install pre-commit
$ pre-commit install

:warning: To test and use mssql (and azure_mssql) you need to install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server for Linux or MacOS

:warning: On macOS, to test the postgres connector, you need to install postgresql by running for instance brew install postgres. You can then install the library with env LDFLAGS='-L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib -L/usr/local/opt/readline/lib' pip install psycopg2

Testing a connector

If you want to run the tests for another connector, you can install the extra dependencies (e.g to test MySQL just type pip install -e ".[mysql]") Now pytest tests/mysql should run all the mysql tests properly.

If you want to run the tests for all the connectors you can add all the dependencies by typing pip install -e ".[all]" and make test.

Adding a connector

To generate the connector and test modules from boilerplate, run:

$ make new_connector type=mytype

mytype should be the name of a system we would like to build a connector for, such as MySQL or Hive or Magento.

Step 1 : Tests

Open the folder in tests for the new connector. You can start writing your tests before implementing it.

Some connectors are tested with calls to the actual data systems that they target, for example elasticsearch, mongo, mssql. Other are tested with mocks of the classes or functions returning data that you are wrapping (see : HttpAPI, or microstrategy).

If you have a container for your target system, please do not hesitate to add a docker image in the docker-compose.yml. You can then use the fixture service_container to automatically start the docker and shut it down for you!

:warning: The test runner assumes you have all the docker images locally, if not please run pytest with --pull to retrieve them

Step 2 : New connector

Open the folder mytype in toucan_connectors for your new connector and create your classes

import pandas as pd

# Careful here you need to import ToucanConnector from the deep path, not the __init__ path.
from toucan_connectors.toucan_connector import ToucanConnector, ToucanDataSource

class MyTypeDataSource(ToucanDataSource):
    """Model of my datasource"""
    query: str

class MyTypeConnector(ToucanConnector):
    """Model of my connector"""
    data_source_model: MyTypeDataSource

    host: str
    port: int
    database: str

    def _retrieve_data(self, data_source: MyTypeDataSource) -> pd.DataFrame:
        """how to retrieve a dataframe"""

Please add your connector in toucan_connectors/ The key is what we call the type of the connector, which is basically like an id used to retrieve it.

  'MyType': 'mytype.mytype_connector.MyTypeConnector',

You can now generate and edit the documentation page for your connector:

PYTHONPATH=. python doc/ MyTypeConnector > doc/

Step 3 : Register your connector

Add the main requirements to the in the extras_require dictionary:

extras_require = {
    'mytype': ['my_dependency_pkg1==x.x.x', 'my_dependency_pkg2>=x.x.x']

If you need to add testing dependencies, add them to the requirements-testing.txt file.

Step 4 : Create a pull request

Make sure your new code is properly formatted by typing make lint. If it's not, please use make format! You can now create a pull request!

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