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Connect to Salesforce Chatter Data in JRuby

Create a simple JRuby app with access to live Salesforce Chatter data.

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to Salesforce Chatter 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 Salesforce Chatter\lib).

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

Salesforce Chatter uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate to Salesforce Chatter via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Salesforce Chatter.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.salesforcechatter.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Salesforce Chatter:

jdbc:salesforcechatter:OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:343343;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to Salesforce Chatter Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: SalesforceChatterSelect.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 Salesforce Chatter 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.salesforcechatter.jar' url = "jdbc:salesforcechatter:OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:343343;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Name, PostCount FROM Users") while (rs.next) do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

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

jruby -S SalesforceChatterSelect.rb

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