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Connect to Zoho Inventory Data in JRuby

Create a simple JRuby app with access to live Zoho Inventory data.

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to Zoho Inventory 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 Zoho Inventory\lib).

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

In order to connect to Zoho Inventory, set the following connection properties:

  • OrganizationId: set this to the ID associated with your specific Zoho Inventory organization
  • InitiateOAuth: set the to "GETANDREFRESH"
  • AccountsServer (Optional): set this full Account Server URL (only when manually refreshing the OAuth token)

The connectors use OAuth to authenticate with Zoho Inventory. For more information, refer to the Getting Started section of the Help documentation.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.zohoinventory.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Zoho Inventory:


Create a JRuby App with Connectivity to Zoho Inventory Data

Create a new Ruby file (for example: ZohoInventorySelect.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 Zoho Inventory 2018/lib/cdata.jdbc.zohoinventory.jar' url = "jdbc:zohoinventory:OrganizationId=YourOrganizationId;AccountsServer=YourAccountServerURL;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH" conn = java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(url) stmt = conn.createStatement rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT Id, CustomerName FROM Contacts") while ( do puts rs.getString(1) + ' ' + rs.getString(2) end

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

jruby -S ZohoInventorySelect.rb

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