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Connect to Bing Search Results in JRuby

Create a simple JRuby app with access to live Bing Search results.

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to Bing Search Results

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 Bing Search\lib).

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

To connect to Bing, set the ApiKey connection property. To obtain the API key, sign into Microsoft Cognitive Services and register for the Bing Search APIs.

Two API keys are then generated; select either one.

When querying tables, the SearchTerms parameter must be supplied in the WHERE clause.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Bing Search:


Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to Bing Search Results

Create a new Ruby file (for example: BingSelect.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 Bing Search 2018/lib/' url = "jdbc:bing:APIKey=MyAPIKey;" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Title, ViewCount FROM VideoSearch") while ( do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

With the file completed, you are ready to display your Bing Search results with JRuby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

jruby -S BingSelect.rb

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