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Connect to Bing Search Results from PowerBuilder

This article demonstrates how to use the CData ODBC Driver for Bing Search to connect to Bing Search results and execute queries in PowerBuilder.

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

Connect to Bing Search 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 Bing, set the ApiKey connection property. To obtain the API key, sign into Microsoft Cognitive Services and register for the Bing Search APIs.

Two API keys are then generated; select either one.

When querying tables, the SearchTerms parameter must be supplied in the WHERE clause.

Create a Profile for the ODBC Driver for Bing Search

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

  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 Bing Search DSN in the Data Source menu.
  4. To view and modify a table, right-click a table and then click Edit Data -> Grid.

Using Bing Search Results 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 Bing Search results into a DataWindow. You can add the following code to the open method:

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