Connect to Facebook Data in DBArtisan

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Facebook ODBC Driver

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

Access Facebook data like you would a database - read, write, and update Facebook Posts, Groups, Events, Places, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Use wizards in DBArtisan to configure Facebook data as a data source.

The CData ODBC Driver for Facebook seamlessly integrates Facebook data into database management tools like DBArtisan by enabling you to access Facebook data as a database. This article shows how to create an data source for Facebook in DBArtisan and execute queries. You can then edit data visually and execute standard SQL.

Integrate Facebook Data into DBArtisan Projects

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.

Most tables require user authentication as well as application authentication. Facebook uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate to Facebook, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Facebook.

See the Getting Started chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

You can then follow the steps below to register Facebook data as a database instance in your project:

  1. In DBArtisan, click Data Source -> Register Datasource.
  2. Select Generic ODBC.
  3. Enter a name for the data source and select the DSN.
  4. Finish the wizard to connect to Facebook data. Facebook entities are displayed in the Datasource Explorer.

You can now work with Facebook data as you work with any other database. See the driver help documentation for more information on the queries supported by the Facebook API.