Connecting backend CodeIgniter to two databases after receiving an API call

The use case I got was to connect to a 2nd Db, to retrieve data from a 2nd database and respond with a JSON string, the request would come in as an API call that looks like this “localhost/api/1/noonreport?API-KEY=oBThDgLsHOi8WJpwgf6IvJVQQ45E9LTudUN9i1RL”

I’m using CodeIgniter in the backend server, with MVC and RESTful API support.

The first thing I did was to change the file database.php to add an additional database group to the configuration, like this


As you can see I added a 2nd database group and called it noon, the default group will be loaded automatically during $this->db call.

Then I created a new API function for noonreport as shown here


As you can see I connected to the 2nd database, I fetch the data I needed from the 2nd database – closed the 2nd database connection and created a JSON response, that is all.

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