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Connect to Bing Search Results in Ruby

Connect to Bing Search results in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

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

Create an ODBC Connection to Bing Search Results

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 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.

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 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:

#connect to the DSN require 'DBI' cnxn = DBI.connect('DBI:ODBC:CData Bing Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT Title, ViewCount FROM VideoSearch WHERE SearchTerms = 'WayneTech'") #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 Bing Search results with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

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