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Connect to TSheets Data in Ruby

Connect to TSheets data in Ruby with ruby-dbi, dbd-odbc, and ruby-odbc.

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

Create an ODBC Connection to TSheets 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.

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.

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 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:

#connect to the DSN require 'DBI' cnxn = DBI.connect('DBI:ODBC:CData TSheets Source','','') #execute a SELECT query and store the result set resultSet = cnxn.execute("SELECT Id, JobcodeId FROM Timesheets WHERE JobCodeType = 'regular'") #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 TSheets data with Ruby. To do so, simply run your file from the command line:

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