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Use Dash to Build to Web Apps on Google Contacts Data

The CData Python Connector for Google Contacts enables you to create Python applications that use pandas and Dash to build Google Contacts-connected web apps.

The rich ecosystem of Python modules lets you get to work quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. With the CData Python Connector for Google Contacts, the pandas module, and the Dash framework, you can build Google Contacts-connected web applications for Google Contacts data. This article shows how to connect to Google Contacts with the CData Connector and use pandas and Dash to build a simple web app for visualizing Google Contacts data.

With built-in, optimized data processing, the CData Python Connector offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Google Contacts data in Python. When you issue complex SQL queries from Google Contacts, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Google Contacts and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Connecting to Google Contacts Data

Connecting to Google Contacts data looks just like connecting to any relational data source. Create a connection string using the required connection properties. For this article, you will pass the connection string as a parameter to the create_engine function.

You can connect to Google APIs on behalf of individual users or on behalf of a domain. Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

After installing the CData Google Contacts Connector, follow the procedure below to install the other required modules and start accessing Google Contacts through Python objects.

Install Required Modules

Use the pip utility to install the required modules and frameworks:

pip install pandas
pip install dash
pip install dash-daq

Visualize Google Contacts Data in Python

Once the required modules and frameworks are installed, we are ready to build our web app. Code snippets follow, but the full source code is available at the end of the article.

First, be sure to import the modules (including the CData Connector) with the following:

import os
import dash
import dash_core_components as dcc
import dash_html_components as html
import pandas as pd
import cdata.googlecontacts as mod
import plotly.graph_objs as go

You can now connect with a connection string. Use the connect function for the CData Google Contacts Connector to create a connection for working with Google Contacts data.

cnxn = mod.connect("InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH;OAuthSettingsLocation=/PATH/TO/OAuthSettings.txt")")

Execute SQL to Google Contacts

Use the read_sql function from pandas to execute any SQL statement and store the result set in a DataFrame.

df = pd.read_sql("SELECT Summary, StartDateTime FROM Friends WHERE SearchTerms = 'Durham'", cnxn)

Configure the Web App

With the query results stored in a DataFrame, we can begin configuring the web app, assigning a name, stylesheet, and title.

app_name = 'dash-googlecontactsedataplot'

external_stylesheets = ['https://codepen.io/chriddyp/pen/bWLwgP.css']

app = dash.Dash(__name__, external_stylesheets=external_stylesheets)
app.title = 'CData + Dash'

Configure the Layout

The next step is to create a bar graph based on our Google Contacts data and configure the app layout.

trace = go.Bar(x=df.Summary, y=df.StartDateTime, name='Summary')

app.layout = html.Div(children=[html.H1("CData Extension + Dash", style={'textAlign': 'center'}),
	dcc.Graph(
		id='example-graph',
		figure={
			'data': [trace],
			'layout':
			go.Layout(title='Google Contacts Friends Data', barmode='stack')
		})
], className="container")

Set the App to Run

With the connection, app, and layout configured, we are ready to run the app. The last lines of Python code follow.

if __name__ == '__main__':
    app.run_server(debug=True)

Now, use Python to run the web app and a browser to view the Google Contacts data.

python googlecontacts-dash.py

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Full Source Code

import os
import dash
import dash_core_components as dcc
import dash_html_components as html
import pandas as pd
import cdata.googlecontacts as mod
import plotly.graph_objs as go

cnxn = mod.connect("InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH;OAuthSettingsLocation=/PATH/TO/OAuthSettings.txt")

df = pd.read_sql("SELECT Summary, StartDateTime FROM Friends WHERE SearchTerms = 'Durham'", cnxn)
app_name = 'dash-googlecontactsdataplot'

external_stylesheets = ['https://codepen.io/chriddyp/pen/bWLwgP.css']

app = dash.Dash(__name__, external_stylesheets=external_stylesheets)
app.title = 'CData + Dash'
trace = go.Bar(x=df.Summary, y=df.StartDateTime, name='Summary')

app.layout = html.Div(children=[html.H1("CData Extension + Dash", style={'textAlign': 'center'}),
	dcc.Graph(
		id='example-graph',
		figure={
			'data': [trace],
			'layout':
			go.Layout(title='Google Contacts Friends Data', barmode='stack')
		})
], className="container")

if __name__ == '__main__':
    app.run_server(debug=True)