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In this tutorial, you define a data service that can invoke request box operations. The request box feature allows you to invoke multiple operations (consecutively) to a datasource using a single operation.

Setting up a datasource

Follow the steps given below to set up a MySQL database for this tutorial.

  1. Download the product installer from here, and run the installer.
    Let's call the installation location of your product the <EI_HOME> directory. This is located in a place specific to your OS as shown below:
    OSHome directory
    Mac OS/Library/WSO2/EnterpriseIntegrator/6.6.0
    WindowsC:\Program Files\WSO2\EnterpriseIntegrator\6.6.0\
  2. Install the MySQL server.
  3. Download the JDBC driver for MySQL and copy it to your <EI_HOME>/lib directory.
  4. Create a database named Company.

  5. Create the Employees  table:

    USE Company;
    CREATE TABLE `Employees` (`EmployeeNumber` int(11) NOT NULL, `FirstName` varchar(255) NOT NULL, `LastName` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL, `Email` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL, `JobTitle` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL, `OfficeCode` int(11) NOT NULL, PRIMARY KEY (`EmployeeNumber`,`OfficeCode`));

Define a data service to invoke request box operations

Let's create a data service using the Create Data Service wizard:

  1. Start the WSO2 ESB profile.

    Open a terminal and execute the following command:

    sudo wso2ei-6.6.0-integrator
    Go to Start Menu -> Programs -> WSO2 -> Enterprise Integrator 6.6.0 Integrator. This will open a terminal and start the ESB profile.
  2. Open the ESB profile's Management Console using https://localhost:9443/carbon, and log in using admin as the username and the password.
  3. Click Create under Data Service.
  4. Add a name for the data service.

  5. Select the Enable Boxcarring check box.
    As a result of selecting this check box, the Disable Legacy Boxcarring Mode check box will appear on your screen as shown below. Select this new check box (Disable Legacy Boxcarring Mode) as well.

    What is Boxcarring and Request Box?

    Boxcarring is a method of grouping a set of service calls so that they can be executed as a group (i.e., the individual service calls are executed consecutively in the specified order). Note that we have now deprecated the boxcarring method for data services. Instead, we have replaced boxcarring with a new request type called request_box

    Request box is simply a wrapper element (request_box), which wraps the service calls that need to be invoked. When the request_box is invoked, the individual service calls are executed in the specified order, and the result of the last service call in the list are returned. In this tutorial, we are using the request box to invoke the following two service calls:

    1. Add a new employee to the database
    2. Get details of the office of the added employee

    When you click the Enable Boxcarring check box for the data service, both of the above functions (Boxcarring and Request box) are enabled. However, since boxcarring is deprecated in the product, it is recommended to disable boxcarring by clicking the Disable Legacy Boxcarring Mode check box.

  6. Click Next and then click Add New Datasource.
  7. Connect to the Company database that you defined above.

    Datasource IDDatasource
    Datasource TypeRDBMS
    Datasource Type (Default/External)Leave Default selected.
    Database EngineMySQL
    Driver Classcom.mysql.jdbc.Driver
    User NameEnter your MySQL server's username.
    PasswordEnter your MySQL server's password.
    If you have not assigned a password, keep this field empty.
  8. Click Save and then click Next to go to the Queries screen.
  9. Click Add New Query to specify the query details:

    1. Enter addEmployeeQuery as the query ID.

    2. Enter the following SQL dialect:

      insert into Employees (EmployeeNumber, FirstName, LastName, Email,OfficeCode) values(:EmployeeNumber,:FirstName,:LastName,:Email,:OfficeCode)
    3. Click Generate Input Mapping and input mappings are generated automatically.

    4. Click Save.

  10. Click Add New Query to Create another query for the Company datasource:

    1. Enter selectEmployeebyIDQuery as the query ID.

    2. Enter the following SQL dialect:

      select EmployeeNumber, FirstName, LastName, Email, OfficeCode from Employees where EmployeeNumber=:EmployeeNumber
    3. Generate input and output mappings:

      1. Click Generate Input Mapping and input mappings are generated automatically for the employee number.

      2. Click Generate Response to automatically generate the output mappings for the fields in the Employees table.

    4. Click Save.

  11. Click Next and then click Add New Operation.

  12. Create two operations to add and select employees.

    1. Enter the following details to create the addEmployeeOp operation that adds new employees to the database.

      Operation NameaddEmployeeOp
      Query IDaddEmployeeQuery
    2. Save the operation.
    3. Click Add New Operation and enter the details as shown below to create the selectEmployeeOp operation that gets the details of an employee from the database.

      Operation NameselectEmployeeOp
      Query IDselectEmployeebyIDQuery
    4. Click Save.

  13. Click Finish.

Invoking the data service 

The Deployed Services window allows you to manage data services. You can try the data service you created by using the TryIt tool in this screen, which is in your product by default.  

  1. In the Deployed Services screen, click Try this Service to open the data service you just created from the TryIt tool.
    You will find that there is an additional request_box operation.
  2. Select the request_box operation and enter the following values:
    • Enter values for the addEmployeeQuery query.

    • Enter the same employee number you used for the above query in the selectEmployeebyID query:

    Copy the following, paste it in the TryIt tool, and click Send to try it out:

       <p:request_box xmlns:p="">
          <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
          <addEmployeeOp xmlns="">
             <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
             <xs:EmployeeNumber xmlns:xs="">1003</xs:EmployeeNumber>
             <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
             <xs:FirstName xmlns:xs="">Chris</xs:FirstName>
             <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
             <xs:LastName xmlns:xs="">Sam</xs:LastName>
             <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
             <xs:Email xmlns:xs="">[email protected]</xs:Email>
             <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
             <xs:OfficeCode xmlns:xs="">1</xs:OfficeCode>
          <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
          <selectEmployeeOp xmlns="">
             <!--Exactly 1 occurrence-->
             <xs:EmployeeNumber xmlns:xs="">1003</xs:EmployeeNumber>

    The following events take place once you click Send:

    • First, the addEmployeeOp operation is executed. The data is successfully added to the database.
    • Secondly, the selectEmployeeOp operationis executed and the details of the office attached to the employee are returned in the result as shown below.

    You get the following response:

    <axis2ns26:DATA_SERVICE_REQUEST_BOX_RESPONSE xmlns:axis2ns26="">
       <Entries xmlns="">
             <Email>[email protected]</Email>
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