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Connect to TSheets Data in JRuby

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

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to TSheets 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 TSheets\lib).

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

TSheets uses the OAuth2 standard for authentication and authorization. To construct your own OAuth app and connect to data, refer to OAuth section in the Help.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.tsheets.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for TSheets:

jdbc:tsheets:OAuthClientId=myclientid;OAuthClientSecret=myclientsecret;CallbackUrl=http://localhost:33333;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to TSheets Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: TSheetsSelect.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 TSheets 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.tsheets.jar' url = "jdbc:tsheets:OAuthClientId=myclientid;OAuthClientSecret=myclientsecret;CallbackUrl=http://localhost:33333;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Id, JobcodeId FROM Timesheets") while (rs.next) do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

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

jruby -S TSheetsSelect.rb

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