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Natively Connect to Act-On Data in PHP

The CData ODBC driver for Act-On enables you to create PHP applications with connectivity to Act-On data. Leverage the native support for ODBC in PHP.

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Act-On into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Act-On-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Act-On data, execute queries, and output the results.

Configure a DSN

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.

ActOn uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to Act-On by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC ActOn Source","user","password");

Connections opened with odbc_connect are closed when the script ends. Connections opened with the odbc_pconnect method are still open after the script ends. This enables other scripts to share that connection when they connect with the same credentials. By sharing connections among your scripts, you can save system resources, and queries execute faster.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC ActOn Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($conn); //persistent connection must be closed explicitly

Create Prepared Statements

Create prepared statements and parameterized queries with the odbc_prepare function.

$query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Images WHERE FolderName = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC ActOn Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Images WHERE FolderName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('New Folder'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC ActOn Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Id, Name FROM Images");

Process Results

Access a row in the result set as an array with the odbc_fetch_array function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Act-On data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Id, Name FROM Images"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["Id"] . "\n"; }

Display the result set in an HTML table with the odbc_result_all function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Act-On data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Images WHERE FolderName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('New Folder')); if($success) odbc_result_all($query);

More Example Queries

You will find complete information on the driver's supported SQL in the help documentation. The code examples above are Act-On-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.