Informatica Connector Toolkit Overview
Informatica Connector Toolkit to build an adapter that provides connectivity between a data source and PowerCenter®, Big Data Management®, or Informatica Cloud®.
Although Informatica supports generic ODBC connectivity and allows access to any data source that has a standards-compliant ODBC driver, building an adapter by using the
Informatica Connector Toolkit offers several advantages. In cases where no ODBC driver is available, building an adapter by using the
Informatica Connector Toolkit might be the only solution.
When you use the
Informatica Connector Toolkit to create an adapter, you can build functionality related to the data source. You can preserve data type integrity and metadata lineage of the data source when you retain the type system of the data source and perform optimal data type conversions.
Informatica Connector Toolkit consists of libraries, plug-ins, and sample code to assist you in developing adapters for PowerCenter, Big Data Management, or Informatica Cloud. You can use the Informatica Connector perspective in the Eclipse IDE to quickly develop an adapter in an Eclipse environment.
The Informatica Connector Toolkit simplifies the following processes:
- Development. You can use the wizards in the Informatica Connector perspective to rapidly develop an adapter. The wizards simplifies the use of internal components and dependencies when you develop an adapter.
- Testing. After you define the adapter components, you can test the connection, metadata, and run-time components of the adapter.
- Deployment. You can deploy the adapter on local Informatica services and clients and register the adapter on local Informatica services. Alternatively, you can publish the adapter and manually deploy the adapter later.
Informatica Connector Toolkit API is written in a combination of C/C++ and Java. The connection definition and metadata definition are available in Java. The run-time interfaces are available in C/C++ and Java.
Run-time interfaces are available in C/C++ when you develop adapters for Big Data Management. Run-time interfaces are available only in Java when you develop connectors for Informatica Cloud and PowerCenter.