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Connect to Shopify Data in JRuby

Create a simple JRuby app with access to live Shopify data.

JRuby is a high-performance, stable, fully threaded Java implementation of the Ruby programming language. The CData JDBC Driver for Shopify makes it easy to integrate connectivity to live Shopify data in JRuby. This article shows how to create a simple JRuby app that connects to Shopify data, executes a query, and displays the results.

Configure a JDBC Connection to Shopify Data

Before creating the app, note the installation location for the JAR file for the JDBC Driver (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Shopify\lib).

JRuby natively supports JDBC, so you can easily connect to Shopify and execute SQL queries. Initialize the JDBC connection with the getConnection function of the java.sql.DriverManager class.

To make use of all the features of the data provider, provide the AppId, Password, and ShopUrl connection properties.

To obtain these values, see the Getting Started section in the help documentation to register the data provider as an application with Shopify.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.shopify.jar

Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Shopify:


Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to Shopify Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: ShopifySelect.rb) and open it in a text editor. Copy the following code into your file:

require 'java' require 'rubygems' require 'C:/Program Files/CData/CData JDBC Driver for Shopify 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.shopify.jar' url = "jdbc:shopify:AppId=MyAppId;Password=MyPassword;ShopUrl=;" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT FirstName, Id FROM Customers") while ( do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

With the file completed, you are ready to display your Shopify data with JRuby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

jruby -S ShopifySelect.rb

Writing SQL-92 queries to Shopify allows you to quickly and easily incorporate Shopify data into your own JRuby applications. Download a free trial today!