Connect to SAP Business One Data in Ruby

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SAP Business One ODBC Driver

The SAP ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live SAP Business One, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

With the SAP ODBC Business One Driver, accessing Accounts, Activities, Orders, Customers, etc. is as easy as querying a database.



Connect to SAP Business One data in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

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

Create an ODBC Connection to SAP Business One 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.

To authenticate to SAP Business One you must provide the Userand Passwordproperties.

To connect to data, specify Url. This is your SAP Business One Service Layer root URL.

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 SAP Business One Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: SAPBusinessOneSelect.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 SAPBusinessOne Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT DocEntry, DocType FROM Orders") #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 SAP Business One data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

ruby SAPBusinessOneSelect.rb Writing SQL-92 queries to SAP Business One allows you to quickly and easily incorporate SAP Business One data into your own Ruby applications. Download a free trial today!