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Connect to SAP Business One Data from PowerBuilder

This article demonstrates how to use the CData ODBC Driver for SAP Business One to connect to SAP Business One data and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

The CData ODBC Driver for SAP Business One can be used from any platform or development technology that supports ODBC, including Sybase PowerBuilder. This article shows how to connect to SAP Business One data and execute queries from the Database Painter and controls such as the DataWindow.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for SAP Business One

Follow the steps below to use the Database Painter tool to create a database profile based on an ODBC DSN (data source name) for SAP Business One. In the Database Painter, you can use wizards and the UI to work with SAP Business One data.

  1. If you have not already done so, create an ODBC DSN for SAP Business One. The DSN contains the connection properties required to connect to SAP Business One data. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure DSNs. This is the last step of installing the driver. Required connection properties are the following:
    • Url
    • User
    • Password
    • CompanyDB

    To authenticate to SAP Business One you must provide the Userand Passwordproperties.

    To connect to data, specify Url. This is your SAP Business One Service Layer root URL.

    See the help documentation for a guide to creating a SAP Business One DSN.
  2. In PowerBuilder, click Tools -> Database Painter.
  3. In the Objects window in the Database Painter, right-click the ODBC node and click New Profile.
  4. On the Connection tab, enter a name for the profile and select the SAP Business One DSN in the Data Source menu.
  5. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using SAP Business One Data with PowerBuilder Controls

You can use standard PowerBuilder objects to connect to ODBC data sources and execute queries. The following example shows how to retrieve SAP Business One data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

SQLCA.DBMS = "ODBC" SQLCA.DBParm = "ConnectString='DSN=CData SAP Business One Source'" CONNECT USING SQLCA; dw_orders.SetTransObject(SQLCA); dw_orders.Retrieve();