Connect to SAP Business One DI Data in Ruby

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SAP Business One DI ODBC Driver

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

Access SAP Business One DI data like you would a database - read, write, and update SAP Business One DI Accounts, Activities, Orders, Customers, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Create an ODBC Connection to SAP Business One DI 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 connect to SAP Business One DI data, specify the following connection properties:

  • DBServerType: The type of server being connected to.
  • Server: The name or IP address of the Business One DI server to connect to.
  • CompanyDB: The company to connect to.
  • User: The username used when connecting to the LicenseServer.
  • Password: The password used when connecting to the LicenseServer.
  • LicenseServer (optional): Set this if your License Server is different from the Server.
  • UseTrusted (optional): Set to TRUE to connect using Windows credentials.

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 DI Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: SAPBusinessOneDISelect.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 SAPBusinessOneDI Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT AcctCode, AcctName FROM OACT WHERE AcctName = 'account_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 SAP Business One DI data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

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