Connect to DB2 Data in JRuby

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Create a simple JRuby app with access to live DB2 data.

JRuby is a high-performance, stable, fully threaded Java implementation of the Ruby programming language. The CData JDBC Driver for DB2 makes it easy to integrate connectivity to live DB2 data in JRuby. This article shows how to create a simple JRuby app that connects to DB2 data, executes a query, and displays the results.

Configure a JDBC Connection to DB2 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 DB2\lib).

JRuby natively supports JDBC, so you can easily connect to DB2 and execute SQL queries. Initialize the JDBC connection with the getConnection function of the java.sql.DriverManager class.

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the DB2 JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

java -jar cdata.jdbc.db2.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for DB2:


Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to DB2 Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: DB2Select.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 DB2 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.db2.jar' url = "jdbc:db2:Server=;Port=50000;User=admin;Password=admin;Database=test;" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT OrderName, Freight FROM Orders") while ( do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

With the file completed, you are ready to display your DB2 data with JRuby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

jruby -S DB2Select.rb

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