The ClearBlade IoT platform allows for storing different types of data in your IoT solution through Collections. Each collection is available for users and devices to access via Console, Portals, APIs and SDKs.
Within the context of the ClearBlade IoT Platform, a Collection is synonymous with a Database, and will be used extensively across the documentation.
To get a holistic view of collections, we categorize them into following sections:
- Collection Types - types of collections and how to work with them on ClearBlade platform.
- Collection Management - provides various collection management options
For the collection management tutorial, click here
ClearBlade Collections provide a single interface for interacting with numerous types of databases.
See ClearBlade Platform SDK for Collection API
Data Model Queries
Data Model allows developers to run raw SQL queries on platform and edge instead of using the existing ClearBlade query model. These SQL queries can run against collections, user and device tables. Developers should use the data model when running operations such as
JOIN and other operations not supported by the ClearBlade Query Model.
See ClearBlade Native Libraries for the API
ClearBlade provides a default cloud collection, which is backed by a Postgresql instance. These collections are able to be completely manipulated by the platform in terms of their schema, and the data put into them.
The Connection type allows the platform developer to integrate existing databases with their IoT Platform application.
To request integrations, please create a ticket at Support
The following is required to configure a Connection:
|Database Type||DB Application Type||MySQL|
|IP Address||URL of database||mydb.databases.com|
|Port||port number on which the application is running||5432|
|Database Name||Name of Database||dbname|
|string||Series of characters. Example: “Column 1”|
|integer (int)||Positive or negative whole number|
|float||Numbers with decimals|
|bigint||Large whole numbers|
|double||Large numbers with decimals|
|Binary Large Object (blob)||A collection of binary data stored as a single entity|
|Universally Unique Identifier (uuid)||A 128-bit unique identification value. Example: bc37d0c0-fcf2-11d9-8cd6-0800200c9a66|
jsonb enables users to store json values in the database tables and query based on keys (for objects) or indexes (for arrays). Send stringified data when creating and updating all tables on a
For list of operators and functions click here
Collection columns can be indexed to speed up certain database operations. Unique indexing allows for unique values to be used. The async library for indexing can be found under the ‘Collection’ section here. To configure indexing, go to ‘Edit column’ in a collection and mark the box of the type of indexing under the column(s) of your choice.
> User can create a timestamp variable using:
var curr_timestamp = new Date();and can insert it into the collection.