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Connect to YouTube Analytics Data in JRuby

Create a simple JRuby app with access to live YouTube Analytics data.

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to YouTube Analytics 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 YouTube Analytics\lib).

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

YouTube Analytics uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can use the embedded CData OAuth credentials or you can register an application with Google to obtain your own.

In addition to the OAuth values, to access YouTube Analytics data set ChannelId to the Id of a YouTube channel. You can obtain the channel Id in the advanced account settings for your channel. If not specified, the channel of the currently authenticated user will be used.

If you want to generate content owner reports, specify the ContentOwnerId property. This is the Id of the copyright holder for content in YouTube's rights management system. The content owner is the person or organization that claims videos and sets their monetization policy.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.youtubeanalytics.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for YouTube Analytics:

jdbc:youtubeanalytics:ContentOwnerId=MyContentOwnerId;ChannelId=MyChannelId;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to YouTube Analytics Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: YouTubeAnalyticsSelect.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 YouTube Analytics 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.youtubeanalytics.jar' url = "jdbc:youtubeanalytics:ContentOwnerId=MyContentOwnerId;ChannelId=MyChannelId;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Snippet_Title, ContentDetails_ItemCount FROM Groups") while (rs.next) do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

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

jruby -S YouTubeAnalyticsSelect.rb

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