Connect to eBay Analytics Data in Ruby

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eBay Analytics ODBC Driver

The eBay Analytics ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from eBay Analytics, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access eBay Analytics data like you would a database, including eBay Analytics Traffic, Customers, Sellers, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to eBay Analytics data in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

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

Create an ODBC Connection to eBay Analytics Data

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.

You can authenticate to eBay Analytics only via the OAuth 2 authentication method. The eBay Analytics API requires an access token created with the authorization code grant flow to authorize the requests.

You can follow the guide in the Help documentation for a step by step guide on how to authenticate using the OAuth 2 protocol.

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 eBay Analytics Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: EbayAnalyticsSelect.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 EbayAnalytics Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT ListingName, ClickThroughRate FROM TrafficReportByListing WHERE ListingId = '201284405428'") #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 eBay Analytics data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

ruby EbayAnalyticsSelect.rb Writing SQL-92 queries to eBay Analytics allows you to quickly and easily incorporate eBay Analytics data into your own Ruby applications. Download a free trial today!