Connect to Facebook Ads Data in Ruby

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Facebook Ads ODBC Driver

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

Access Facebook Ads data like you would a database - read, write, and update Facebook Ads Comments, Groups, Pages, Insights, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to Facebook Ads data in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

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

Create an ODBC Connection to Facebook Ads 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.

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.

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 Facebook Ads Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: FacebookAdsSelect.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 FacebookAds Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT AccountId, Name FROM AdAccounts WHERE Name = 'Acct Name'") #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 Facebook Ads data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

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