Connect to Azure Analysis Services Data from PowerBuilder

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Azure Analysis Services ODBC Driver

The Azure Analysis Services ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Azure Analysis Services, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Azure Analysis Services data like you would a database - read, write, and update Azure Analysis Services AnalysisServicesData, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



This article demonstrates how to use the CData ODBC Driver for Azure Analysis Services to connect to Azure Analysis Services data and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

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

Connect to Azure Analysis Services as an ODBC Data Source

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.

To connect to Azure Analysis Services, set the Url property to a valid server, for instance, asazure://southcentralus.asazure.windows.net/server, in addition to authenticating. Optionally, set Database to distinguish which Azure database on the server to connect to.

Azure Analysis Services uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Analysis Services using the browser. You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. See the Help documentation for more information.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Azure Analysis Services

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

  1. In PowerBuilder, click Tools -> Database Painter.
  2. In the Objects window in the Database Painter, right-click the ODBC node and click New Profile.
  3. On the Connection tab, enter a name for the profile and select the Azure Analysis Services DSN in the Data Source menu.
  4. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using Azure Analysis Services 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 Azure Analysis Services data into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

SQLCA.DBMS = "ODBC" SQLCA.DBParm = "ConnectString='DSN=CData AAS Source'" CONNECT USING SQLCA; dw_customer.SetTransObject(SQLCA); dw_customer.Retrieve();