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Connect to Dropbox Data in JRuby

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

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to Dropbox 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 Dropbox\lib).

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

Dropbox uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you can use the embedded credentials or register an app with Dropbox.

See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.dropbox.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Dropbox:


Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to Dropbox Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: DropboxSelect.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 Dropbox 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.dropbox.jar' url = "jdbc:dropbox:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Id, Name FROM Files") while ( do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

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

jruby -S DropboxSelect.rb

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