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Connect to Email Data in JRuby

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

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to Email 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 Email\lib).

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

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials. The Server must be specified to retrieve emails and the SMTPServer must be specified to send emails.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.email.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Email:

jdbc:email:User=username@gmail.com;Password=password;Server=imap.gmail.com;Port=993;SMTP Server=smtp.gmail.com;SMTP Port=465;SSL Mode=EXPLICIT;Protocol=IMAP;Mailbox=Inbox;

Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to Email Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: EmailSelect.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 Email 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.email.jar' url = "jdbc:email:User=username@gmail.com;Password=password;Server=imap.gmail.com;Port=993;SMTP Server=smtp.gmail.com;SMTP Port=465;SSL Mode=EXPLICIT;Protocol=IMAP;Mailbox=Inbox;" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Mailbox, RecentMessagesCount FROM Mailboxes") while (rs.next) do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

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

jruby -S EmailSelect.rb

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