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Connect to Basecamp Data in Ruby

Connect to Basecamp data in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

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

Create an ODBC Connection to Basecamp 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.

Basecamp uses basic or OAuth 2.0 authentication. To use basic authentication you will need the user and password that you use for logging in to Basecamp. To authenticate to Basecamp via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties by registering an app with Basecamp.

See the Getting Started section in the help documentation for a connection guide.

Additionally, you will need to specify the AccountId connection property. This can be copied from the URL after you log in.

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 Basecamp Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: BasecampSelect.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 Basecamp Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT Name, DocumentsCount FROM Projects") #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 Basecamp data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

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