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Connect to Act-On Data in JRuby

Create a simple JRuby app with access to live Act-On data.

JRuby is a high-performance, stable, fully threaded Java implementation of the Ruby programming language. The CData JDBC Driver for Act-On makes it easy to integrate connectivity to live Act-On data in JRuby. This article shows how to create a simple JRuby app that connects to Act-On data, executes a query, and displays the results.

Configure a JDBC Connection to Act-On Data

Before creating the app, note the installation location for the JAR file for the JDBC Driver (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Act-On\lib).

JRuby natively supports JDBC, so you can easily connect to Act-On and execute SQL queries. Initialize the JDBC connection with the getConnection function of the java.sql.DriverManager class.

ActOn uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Act-On JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

java -jar cdata.jdbc.acton.jar

Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Act-On:

jdbc:acton:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to Act-On Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: ActOnSelect.rb) and open it in a text editor. Copy the following code into your file:

require 'java' require 'rubygems' require 'C:/Program Files/CData/CData JDBC Driver for Act-On 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.acton.jar' url = "jdbc:acton:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Id, Name FROM Images") while (rs.next) do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

With the file completed, you are ready to display your Act-On data with JRuby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

jruby -S ActOnSelect.rb

Writing SQL-92 queries to Act-On allows you to quickly and easily incorporate Act-On data into your own JRuby applications. Download a free trial today!