Process & Analyze Twitter Ads Data in Azure Databricks

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Twitter Ads JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with Twitter Ads.



Host the CData JDBC Driver for Twitter Ads in Azure and use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Twitter Ads data.

Databricks is a cloud-based service that provides data processing capabilities through Apache Spark. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver, customers can use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Twitter Ads data. This article walks through hosting the CData JDBC Driver in Azure, as well as connecting to and processing live Twitter Ads data in Databricks.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Twitter Ads data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Twitter Ads, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Twitter Ads and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Twitter Ads data using native data types.

Install the CData JDBC Driver in Azure

To work with live Twitter Ads data in Databricks, install the driver on your Azure cluster.

  1. Navigate to your Databricks administration screen and select the target cluster.
  2. On the Libraries tab, click "Install New."
  3. Select "Upload" as the Library Source and "Jar" as the Library Type.
  4. Upload the JDBC JAR file (cdata.jdbc.twitterads.jar) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Twitter Ads\lib).

Connect to Twitter Ads from Databricks

With the JAR file installed, we are ready to work with live Twitter Ads data in Databricks. Start by creating a new notebook in your workspace. Name the notebook, select Python as the language (though Scala is available as well), and choose the cluster where you installed the JDBC driver. When the notebook launches, we can configure the connection, query Twitter Ads, and create a basic report.

Configure the Connection to Twitter Ads

Connect to Twitter Ads by referencing the class for the JDBC Driver and constructing a connection string to use in the JDBC URL. Additionally, you will need to set the RTK property in the JDBC URL (unless you are using a Beta driver). You can view the licensing file included in the installation for information on how to set this property.

driver = "cdata.jdbc.twitterads.TwitterAdsDriver"
url = "jdbc:twitterads:RTK=5246...;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH"

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.twitterads.jar

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

All tables require authentication. You must use OAuth to authenticate with Twitter. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Twitter using the browser. For more information, refer to the OAuth section in the Help documentation.

Load Twitter Ads Data

Once the connection is configured, you can load Twitter Ads data as a dataframe using the CData JDBC Driver and the connection information.

remote_table = spark.read.format ( "jdbc" ) \
	.option ( "driver" , driver) \
	.option ( "url" , url) \
	.option ( "dbtable" , "AdStats") \
	.load ()

Display Twitter Ads Data

Check the loaded Twitter Ads data by calling the display function.

display (remote_table.select ("EntityId"))

Analyze Twitter Ads Data in Azure Databricks

If you want to process data with Databricks SparkSQL, register the loaded data as a Temp View.

remote_table.createOrReplaceTempView ( "SAMPLE_VIEW" )

The SparkSQL below retrieves the Twitter Ads data for analysis.

% sql

SELECT EntityId, Entity FROM AdStats WHERE Entity = 'ORGANIC_TWEET'

The data from Twitter Ads is only available in the target notebook. If you want to use it with other users, save it as a table.

remote_table.write.format ( "parquet" ) .saveAsTable ( "SAMPLE_TABLE" )

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Twitter Ads and start working with your live Twitter Ads data in Apache NiFi. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.