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Import Real-Time Facebook Ads Data in ColdFusion to Build Applications



Use the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook Ads to import and use Facebook Ads data in ColdFusion.

Adobe ColdFusion is a web and mobile application development platform. It uses its own scripting language, ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), to create data-driven websites as well as generate remote services, such as REST.

When ColdFusion is paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook Ads, you can link your ColdFusion web and mobile applications to operational Facebook Ads data. This allows for your applications to be more robust and complete. This article details how to use the JDBC driver to create a table populated with Facebook Ads data from within a ColdFusion markup file.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Facebook Ads data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Facebook Ads, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Facebook Ads and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Facebook Ads data using native data types.

Configuring the Connection to Facebook Ads

You will need a JDBC connection string to establish a connection between Coldfusion and Facebook Ads.

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.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.facebookads.jar

Adding a Data Source and Creating a Table

After configuring the connection, follow the steps below to add the CData JDBC Driver to ColdFusion's lib directory, add a new data source, test the connection, create a ColdFusion markup file, and, finally, make a real-time connection with Facebook Ads data and display it in a table written in the ColdFusion Markup Language, or CFML:

  1. Copy the JDBC Driver for Facebook Ads and lic file from "C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Facebook Ads\lib" to "C:\ColdFusion2021\cfusion\wwwroot\WEB-INF\lib". cdata.jdbc.facebookads.jar cdata.jdbc.facebookads.lic

    Note: If you do not copy the .lic file with the jar, you will see a licensing error that indicates you do not have a valid license installed. This is true for both the trial and full versions.

  2. From the ColdFusion administrator interface, choose Data & Services.
  3. Here, we can "Add New Data Source". The data source name can be any name, provided it conforms to the ColdFusion variable naming conventions. For our JDBC driver, choose "other", then click the "Add" button.
  4. Next, populate the driver properties.
    • JDBC URL will need to be in the format: jdbc:facebookads:|connectionString|.
    • A typical connection string looks like this:

      jdbc:facebookads:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

    • The Driver Class is: cdata.jdbc.facebookads.FacebookAdsDriver
    • The Driver Name is arbitrary and simply used to recognize the data source in the ColdFusion administration console.
  5. Now, test the connection by clicking the check mark to the left of the CDataFacebook AdsJDBC data source you just created. When the data source reports an "OK" status, it is ready for use.
  6. Next, create a new ColdFusion Markup file (.cfm) and place it in the wwwroot directory ("C:\ColdFusion2021\cfusion\wwwroot") for ColdFusion.

    The following code queries the data source:

                
            <cfquery name="Facebook AdsQuery" dataSource="CDataFacebook AdsJDBC"> 
              SELECT * FROM AdAccounts 
            </cfquery> 
        
    And a CFTable can be used to quickly output the table in HTML:
                
              <cftable  
              query = "Facebook AdsQuery" 
              border = "1" 
              colHeaders 
              colSpacing = "2" 
              headerLines = "2" 
              HTMLTable 
              maxRows = "500" 
              startRow = "1"> 
    
              <cfcol header="<b>AccountId</b>" align="Left" width=2 text="AccountId"/> 
    
              <cfcol header="<b>Name</b>" align="Left" width=15 text="Name"/> 
    
              ...
    
            </cftable> 
        
    Full code, including the HTML portion is available below:
                
            <html> 
            <head><title>CData Software | Facebook Ads AdAccounts Table Demo </title></head> 
            <body> 
            <cfoutput>#ucase("Facebook Ads AdAccounts Table Demo")#</cfoutput> 
            <cfquery name="Facebook AdsQuery" dataSource="CDataFacebook AdsJDBC"> 
    
              SELECT * FROM AdAccounts 
    
            </cfquery> 
            <cftable  
              query = "Facebook AdsQuery" 
              border = "1" 
              colHeaders 
              colSpacing = "2" 
              headerLines = "2" 
              HTMLTable 
              maxRows = "500" 
              startRow = "1"> 
              <cfcol header="<b>AccountId</b>" align="Left" width=2 text="AccountId"/> 
    
              <cfcol header="<b>Name</b>" align="Left" width=15 text="Name"/> 
    
              ...
    
            </cftable> 
            </body> 
    
            </html>  
        
  7. Finally, run the code locally in a browser at the default port of 8500. It produces a table populated with Facebook Ads data!

As a note, the CData JDBC Drivers also support parameterized queries using the cfqueryparam element. For example: SELECT * FROM Account WHERE name =

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