Erlang meets HANA

In this inaugural blog post we’ll demonstrate how to connect Erlang and SAP HANA One via odbc.



You have successfully deployed an EC2 instance with SAP HANA One.

SAP HANA One Status


I am using an Ubuntu EC2 instance with Erlang installed via the prebuilt binaries from Erlang Solutions.

Install two dependent packages libaio and unixodbc.

weppner:~$ sudo aptitude install libaio unixodbc

SAP HANA Client Libraries

Copy the download URL for your platform from the SAP HANA One Downloads section.

SAP HANA One Download Section

weppner:~/hana$ wget --no-check-certificate
weppner:~/hana$ unzip 
   creating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/
   creating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/
 extracting: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/CLIENTINST.TGZ  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/SQLDBC.TGZ  
 extracting: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/SAPSYSMF.TGZ  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/PYTHON.TGZ  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/PYDBAPI.TGZ  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/JDBC.TGZ  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/REPOTOOLS.TGZ  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/ODBC.TGZ  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/client/manifest  
  inflating: linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/LABEL.ASC

weppner:~/hana$ cd linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT/
weppner:~/hana/linuxx86_64/SAP_HANA_CLIENT$ sudo ./hdbinst 

SAP HANA Database Client installation kit detected.

SAP HANA Database Installation Manager - Client Installation

Enter Installation Path [/usr/sap/hdbclient]: 
Checking installation...
Preparing package "Python Runtime"...
Preparing package "Product Manifest"...
Preparing package "SQLDBC"...
Preparing package "REPOTOOLS"...
Preparing package "Python DB API"...
Preparing package "ODBC"...
Preparing package "JDBC"...
Preparing package "Client Installer"...
Installing SAP HANA Database Client to /usr/sap/hdbclient...
Installing package 'Python Runtime' ...
Installing package 'Product Manifest' ...
Installing package 'SQLDBC' ...
Installing package 'REPOTOOLS' ...
Installing package 'Python DB API' ...
Installing package 'ODBC' ...
Installing package 'JDBC' ...
Installing package 'Client Installer' ...
Installation done
Log file written to '/var/tmp/hdb_client_2013-09-13_06.14.39/hdbinst_client.log'.

Configure SAP HANA Connection

Securely Store Connection Details

hdbuserstore is part of the client libraries and can be used to store information about the host:port, user and password with a given KEY.

weppner:/usr/sap/hdbclient$ ./hdbuserstore set HDB SYSTEM top_secret_password

Test Connection

Before configuring odbc, let’s test the connection with the SAP HANA Database interactive terminal hdbsql. Use command \s to check the status.

weppner:/usr/sap/hdbclient$ ./hdbsql -U HDB

Welcome to the SAP HANA Database interactive terminal.
Type:  \h for help with commands          
       \q to quit                         

hdbsql=> \s
host          : hanaserver:30015
database      : HDB
user          : SYSTEM
kernel version:
SQLDBC version: libSQLDBCHDB 1.00.62 Build 0380697-1510
autocommit    : ON
locale        : en_US.UTF-8
input encoding: UTF8

hdbsql HDB=> select 'hello HANA' from dummy
'hello HANA'
"hello HANA"
1 row selected (overall time 69.748 msec; server time 291 usec)

In a second test we can verify that odbc connectivity can also be established using odbcreg. Here, we refer to the KEY set using hdbuserstore above via the @ notation.

weppner:/usr/sap/hdbclient$ ./odbcreg @HDB SYSTEM

ODBC Driver test.

Connect string: 'DSN=@HDB;UID=SYSTEM;'.
retcode:	 0
Driver version SAP HDB 1.00 (2013-08-01).
Select now(): 2013-09-13 06:53:58.102000000 (29)

Configure ODBC Driver and DSN

To enable other applications to use the odbc connection we edit /etc/odbcinst.ini to register the HANA odbc driver.

Description     = HANA driver for Linux
Driver          = /usr/sap/hdbclient/
FileUsage       = 1

We now maintain a DSN in /etc/odbc.ini and again refer to the KEY set in hdbuserstore as well as the driver name registered above.


Connect from Erlang

Let’s create an Erlang module hana_marries_erlang.erl to demonstrate how to connect and issue an SQL statement using Erlang’s odbc module

 1 -module(hana_marries_erlang).
 2 -export([connect/0, disconnect/1, command/2]).
 4 % Basic database connectivity
 5 connect()->
 6   odbc:start(),
 7   {ok, Connection} = odbc:connect("DSN=HDB",[]),
 8   Connection.
10 % SQL command
11 command(Connection, Sql)->
12   odbc:sql_query(Connection, Sql).
14 % Disconnect
15 disconnect(Connection)->
16   odbc:disconnect(Connection).

Using an Erlang shell we can finally ask SAP HANA some serious questions.

Erlang R16B01 (erts-5.10.2) [source-bdf5300] [64-bit] [async-threads:10] [hipe] [kernel-poll:false]

Eshell V5.10.2  (abort with ^G)
1> c(hana_marries_erlang).
2> C = hana_marries_erlang:connect().
3> hana_marries_erlang:command(C, "select 'Will you marry me?' from dummy").
{selected,["'Will you marry me?'"],[{"Will you marry me?"}]}
4> hana_marries_erlang:disconnect(C).