With Portable, integrate Coda data with your Snowflake warehouse in minutes. Access your cloud-based multi-user document editor data from Snowflake without having to manage cumbersome ETL scripts.
The Two Paths to Connect Coda to Snowflake
There are two ways to sync data from Coda into your data warehouse for analytics.
Method 1: Manually Developing a Custom Data Pipeline Yourself
Write code from scratch or use an open-source framework to build an integration between Coda and Snowflake.
Method 2: Automating the ETL Process with a No-Code Solution
Leverage a pre-built connector from a cloud-hosted solution like Portable.
How to Create Value with Coda Data
Teams connect Coda to their data warehouse to build dashboards and generate value for their business. Let’s dig into the capabilities Coda exposes via their API, outline insights you can build with the data, and summarize the most common analytics environments that teams are using to process their Coda data.
Extract: What Data Can You Extract from the Coda API?
Coda is a cloud-based multi-user document editor used for word-processing and managing spreadsheets and database functions.
To help clients power downstream analytics, Coda offers an application programming interface (API) for clients to extract data on business entities. Here are a few example entities you can extract from the API:
- Doc Structure
- Tables and Views
- Formulas & Controls
You can visit the Coda API Documentation to explore the entire catalog of available API resources and the complete schema definition for each.
As you think about the data you will need for analytics, don’t forget that Portable offers no-code integrations to other similar applications.
Regardless of the SaaS solution you use, it’s important to find a cloud-based multi-user document editor with robust data available for analytics.
Load: Which Destinations Are Best for Your Coda ETL Pipeline?
To turn raw data from Coda into dashboards, most companies centralize information into a data warehouse or data lake. For Portable clients, the most common ETL pipelines are:
- Coda to Snowflake Integration
- Coda to Google BigQuery Integration
- Coda to Amazon Redshift Integration
- Coda to PostgreSQL Integration
Once you have a destination to load the data, it’s common to combine Coda data with information from other enterprise applications like Jira, Mailchimp, HubSpot, Zendesk, and Klaviyo.
From there, you can build cross-functional dashboards in a visualization tool like Power BI, Tableau, Looker, or Retool.
Develop: Which Dashboards Should You Build with Coda Data?
Now that you have identified the data you want to extract, the next step is to plan out the dashboards you can build with the data.
As a process, you want to consume raw data, overlay SQL logic, and build a dashboard to either 1) increase revenue or 2) decrease costs.
Replicating Coda data into your cloud data warehouse can unlock a wide array of opportunities to power analytics, automate workflows, and develop products. The use cases are endless.
Now that we have a clear sense of the insights we can create, let’s compare the process of developing a custom Coda integration with the benefits of using a no-code ETL solution like Portable.
Method 1: Building a Custom Coda ETL Pipeline
To build your own Coda integration, there are three steps:
- Navigate the Coda API documentation
- Make your first API request
- Turn an API request into a complete data pipeline
Let’s walk through the process in more detail.
How to Interpret Coda’s API Documentation
When reading API documentation, there are a handful of key concepts to consider.
There are many common authentication mechanisms. OAuth 2.0 (Auth Code and Client Credentials), API Keys, JWT Tokens, Personal Access Tokens, Basic Authentication, etc. For Coda, it’s important to identify the authentication mechanism and how best to incorporate the necessary credentials into your API requests.
Coda uses Bearer Authentication. It does not currently support client libraries apart from Google Apps Script. To work with the Coda API, you can either use standard network libraries for your language, or use the appropriate Swagger Generator tool to auto-generate Coda API client libraries for your language of choice. We do not provide any guarantees that these autogenerated libraries are compatible with our API (e.g., some libraries may not work with Bearer authentication).
Bearer authentication (also called token authentication) is an HTTP authentication scheme that involves security tokens called bearer tokens. The name “Bearer authentication” can be understood as “give access to the bearer of this token.” The bearer token is a cryptic string, usually generated by the server in response to a login request. The client must send this token in the Authorization header when making requests to protected resources:
Authorization: Bearer <token> The Bearer authentication scheme was originally created as part of OAuth 2.0 in RFC 6750, but is sometimes also used on its own. Similarly to Basic authentication, Bearer authentication should only be used over HTTPS (SSL).
It’s important to identify the Coda API endpoints you want to use for analytics. Most APIs offer a combination of GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE request methods; however, for analytics, GET requests are typically the most useful. At times, POST requests can be used to extract data as well.
For Coda, the categories endpoint is a great place to get started.
For each API endpoint you would like to use for analytics, you need to understand the method (GET, POST, PUT, or DELETE) and the URL, but there are other considerations to take into account as well. You should look out for pagination mechanics, query parameters, and parameters that are added to the request path.
Coda uses limit and pageToken parameters for pagination.
Some API endpoints require unique identifiers from a previous API response to be included in the URL path. For instance, to list columns, you need a docId that is returned from another endpoint.
How Do You Call the Coda API? (Tutorial)
- Follow the instructions above to read the Coda API documentation
- Identify and collect your credentials for authentication
- Pick the API resource you want to pull data from
- Configure the necessary parameters, method, and URL to make your first request (e.g. with curl or Postman)
- Add your credentials and make your first API call . Here is an example request using curl (without real credentials):
curl -s -H 'Authorization: Bearer <your API token>' 'https://coda.io/apis/v1/categories' | jq .categories.name # => '10'
How Do You Maintain a Custom Coda to Snowflake ETL Pipeline?
Making a call to the Coda API is just the beginning of maintaining a complete custom ETL pipeline.
Here is a getting-started guide to building a production-grade pipeline for Coda:
- For each API endpoint, define schemas (which fields exist and the type for each)
- Process the API response and parse the data (typically parsing JSON or XML)
- Handle and replicate nested objects and custom fields
- Identify which Coda fields are primary keys and which keys are required vs. optional
- Version control your changes in a git-based workflow (using GitHub, GitLab, etc.)
- Handle code dependencies in your toolchain and the upgrades that come with each
- Monitor the health of the upstream API, and —when things go wrong— troubleshoot via the status page, reach out to support, and open tickets
- Handle error codes (HTTP error codes like 400s, 500s, etc.)
- Manage and respect rate limits imposed by the server
We won’t go into detail on all of the items above, but rate limits are a great example of the complexity found in a production-grade data pipeline.
The Coda API sets a reasonable limit on the number of requests that can be made per minute. Once this limit is reached, calls to the API will start returning errors with an HTTP status code of 429.
If you don’t respect rate limits, and if you can’t handle server responses (like 429 errors with a Retry-After header), your pipeline can break, and analytics can become out-of-date.
What Are the Drawbacks of Building the Coda ETL Pipeline Yourself?
You can probably tell at this point that there is a lot of work that goes into building and maintaining an ETL pipeline from Coda to your data warehouse.
If you want less development work, faster insights, and no ongoing responsibilities, you should consider a cloud-hosted ETL solution.
Let’s walk through the setup process for a no-code ETL solution and its benefits.
Method 2: Using a No-Code Coda ETL Solution
No-code ETL solutions are simple. Vendors specialize in building and maintaining data pipelines on your behalf. Instead of starting from scratch for each integration. Companies like Portable create connector templates that can be leveraged by hundreds or thousands of clients.
Step-By-Step Tutorial for Configuring Your Coda ETL Pipeline
Off-the-shelf ETL tools offer a no-code setup process. Here are the instructions to connect Coda to your cloud data warehouse with Portable.
- Create an account (no credit card required)
- Add a source —search for and select Coda
- Authenticate with Coda using the instructions in the Portable console
- Select Snowflake and authenticate
- Set up a flow connecting Coda to your analytics environment
- Run your flow to replicate data from Coda to your warehouse
- Use the dropdown to set your data flow to run on a cadence
What Are the Benefits of Using Portable for Coda ETL?
Start moving Coda data in minutes. Save yourself the headaches of reading API documentation, writing code, and worrying about maintenance. Leave the hassle to us.
Easy to Understand Pricing
With predictable, fixed-cost pricing per data flow, you know exactly how much your Coda integration will cost every month.
Fast Development Speeds
Access lightning-fast connector development. Portable can build new integrations on-demand in hours or days.
APIs change. Schemas evolve. Coda will have maintenance issues and errors. With Portable, we will do everything in our power to make your life easier.
Unlimited Data Volumes
You can move as much data from Coda to Snowflake as you want without worrying about usage credits or overages. Instead of analyzing your ETL costs, you should be analyzing your data.
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