Connect to Azure Analysis Services Data in Ruby

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Azure Analysis Services ODBC Driver

The Azure Analysis Services ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Azure Analysis Services, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Azure Analysis Services data like you would a database - read, write, and update Azure Analysis Services AnalysisServicesData, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to Azure Analysis Services data in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

The CData ODBC Driver for Azure Analysis Services makes it easy to integrate connectivity to live Azure Analysis Services data in Ruby. This article shows how to create a simple Ruby app that connects to Azure Analysis Services data, executes a query, and displays the results.

Create an ODBC Connection to Azure Analysis Services Data

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

To connect to Azure Analysis Services, set the Url property to a valid server, for instance, asazure://southcentralus.asazure.windows.net/server, in addition to authenticating. Optionally, set Database to distinguish which Azure database on the server to connect to.

Azure Analysis Services uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Analysis Services using the browser. You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. See the Help documentation for more information.

Installing Ruby and Necessary Gems

If you do not have Ruby installed, refer to the Ruby installation page. With Ruby installed, you will need to install the ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc gems:

gem install dbi gem install dbd-odbc gem install ruby-odbc

Create a Ruby App with Connectivity to Azure Analysis Services Data

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

#connect to the DSN require 'DBI' cnxn = DBI.connect('DBI:ODBC:CData AAS Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT Country, Education FROM Customer WHERE Country = 'Australia'") #display the names of the columns resultSet.column_names.each do |name| print name, "\t" end puts #display the results while row = resultSet.fetch do (0..resultSet.column_names.size - 1).each do |n| print row[n], "\t" end puts end resultSet.finish #close the connection cnxn.disconnect if cnxn

With the file completed, you are ready to display your Azure Analysis Services data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

ruby AASSelect.rb Writing SQL-92 queries to Azure Analysis Services allows you to quickly and easily incorporate Azure Analysis Services data into your own Ruby applications. Download a free trial today!